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Entre Nous 

Between Us ♦ Samford University 

Between Us 

This is our yearbook. 

This is Entre Nous. 

August 2005 - May 2006 

800 Lakeshore Drive 
Birmingham, AL 35229 

copyright 2006, Samford University 
volume 86 

Entre Nous 

between us 2006 

Editor: Ashley McCleery 

Art Director: Sarah Dockrey 

PhotO Editor: Nick Holdbrooks 

Assistant Editor: Emily Vernon 

AdVISOrS: Sean Flynt, Donovan Harris, Caroline Summers 

Section Editors: Jessica Casto, Suzie Hornor, ( lourtney Keen, Jessica Lee, Chad Nichols 

Section Designers: Abigail Banks, Rachel Carolina, Katie Horrell, Lindsay Planner. Andrew Searles, Katherine Soop 

Editorial Contributors: Britney Almaguer, Rachel Bennett, Kendra Buckles, Kuie Bullock. Cacky Catlett, Hunter Denson. Laura 
Dozier, Rod Evans, Whitney Farmer, Brent Fielder, Lauren Gardner, Meredith Henry, Jena Hippensteel, Kim Hobbs, Kimberly Holland. Anna 
Holzman, Suzie Horner, Amberleigh Kirk, Kuie Lantz, Murphy Maddox, Emily Mullins, Melissa Poole, Josh Rutledge. Meg Terry, Sara Belli 
Terry, Ann Shivers, Megan Vbelkel, Maegan Wilson 

hOtO OontributOTS: Britney Almaguer, Ashley Doten, Candis Garner, Amy Graves, Dana Kaita, Claire Kimberly, Megan Marr, Sara Neyman 

Special Thanks: Dr. Thomas E. Corts, Jay Elmore, Michael Morgan, Ann Wade Parrish, Philip Poole, The Samford Crimson, AP 
Worldwide, Bill Miller Photography. Zap Photography 

The stafl ol Entre Nous seeks to provide documentation ol a in the life of the Samford Community. To us this means more than 
re< ounting events. We seek to capture the impressions the year left on students, faculty and administration by moving beyond the events 
themselves to the ways they affected and shaped us. 

Samford University is an Equal < )pportunity Institution and welcomes applications for employment and educational programs from all 
individuals regardless of race, color, sex, age, disability or national or ethnic origin. 

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entre nous staff 

Ashley McCleery 

Sarah Dockrey 
Art Director 

Nick Holdbrooks 
Photo Editor 

Emily Vernon 
Assistant Editor 

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section editors 

Jessica Casto Suzie Horner Courtney Keen Jessica Lee Chad Nichols 

section designers 

Abigail Banks Rachel Cardina Katie Horrell Lindsay Plattner Andrew Searles Katherine Soop 

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Britney Almaguer Katie Bullock 

Hunter Denson Rod Evans 

Jena Hippensteel Kim Hobbs 

Kimberly Holland Katie Lance 

Emily Mullins 

Melissa Poole 

Josh Rutledge Ann Shivers 

Meg Terry 

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Sarah Beth Terry Megan Voelkel 

Maegan Wilson 

Not Pictured: Rachel Bennett, Kendra Buckles, Cacky Catlett, Ashley Doten, Laura Dozier, 

Whitney Fanner, Brent Fielder, Lauren Gardner, Meredith Henry, Anna Hol/man. Suzie 
Horner, Amberleigh Kirk, Murphy Maddox, Emily Mullins, Gandis Garner, Ann Gravis. Dana 
kaita. Claire Kimberly, Megan Marr, Sara Nevman 

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Art Director 

Photo Editor 

"A life recorded is twice precious, first the 
experience itself and then the memory of it 
full and sweet when we read it again later." 

Life is truly precious. It's hard to believe a 
year at Samford, a place we have come to know 
as home, has come and gone. Whether this year 
marked the beginning of your collegiate journey 
or the end, Samford has somehow touched us 

1 hope this yearbook captures your 
experiences. It's been a year filled with lazy 
days on the quad, weekend outings with friends, 
sporting events, infamous Step Sing faces.... 
and endless hours of studying. I hope you not 
only cherish this now but also in years to come. 
It's my desire that you take it off your bookshelf 
in 10 or 20 years and show your kids and 
grandkids and "remember when." 

As for me, I've enjoyed collaborating and 
brainstorming with the staff to create this new 
journalistic yearbook. Switching to a hardback 
book and tripling its size, was a challenging 
feat, but I've learned far more than I have room 
to write. 

"We do not remember days, we remember 
moments." Cesare Pavese 

So pull up a chair, gather your friends, flip 
through these pages and reminisce. 

God Bless, 
Ashley McCleery 

As a graphic design major, I usually express 
myself through color, line and shape-not words. 
I'm thinking outside of the box by putting text 
on a page, and this year's Entre Nous has done 
the same. 

Though this is my second year as the Art 
Director for Entre Nous, last Year's Entre 
Nous was nothing like this. Going from a 100 
page magazine to a 250 page book proved to 
be a huge challenge, but it turned out to be a 
challenge worth taking on. 

As a graduating senior, I'm realizing the 
importance of capturing memories for future 
reference, which is exactly what our team has 
done for each of you. 

After 1 7 years of school and 22 years 
of life, I can honestly say that my years at 
Samford were some of the most exhilarating, 
challenging, awakening, precious and blessed 
years of my life. I've learned a lot about God 
through the people and experiences of Samford. 
and I'm thankful for each you whom I've met. 
You all have changed me. 

So without further ado, after countless 
hours in the studio (or more affectionately, the 
dungeon), I give you our 2006 Entre Nous. I 
hope you'll enjoy it now, and continue to enjoy 
it decades from now. 

For His Glory, 
Sarah Dockrey 

I am holding what we started with, you are 
holding what we finished with. 

Nick Holdbrooks 






8 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Letters from the Editors 





Assistant Editor 

As this year comes to a close, I realize I 
have many wonderful blessings to be thankful 
for. Working on this publication has helped me 
grow personally and professionally. It's been 
an adventure to say the least. Perhaps the most 
amazing thing about the whole experience is 
knowing that I wouldn't trade it for anything. I 
created memories and learned lessons that will 
stay with me fore\ er. 

Sarah and Nick- 
Collaborating with you has been a pleasure. 

Donovan, Caroline and Sean- 
Thank you for your constant encouragement 

and helping all of us stay focused and 


Thank you for giving me the opportunity of a 
lifetime. You kept pushing me and challenging 
me to be better. You have been a true blessing 
in my life. I appreciate it more than you know. 

Lastly, I give thanks to my Lord and Savior, 
Jesus Christ who has blessed me with the 
strength, talent and ability to take part in 
creating this book. 

Emily Vernon 

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aspire (-spr) 

aspired, aspiring, aspires 

v. Seeking new opportunities and learning 
from experiences as a college student 

1 2 Experiencing the Samford Connection 

1 4 Welcome Back 

1 6 Oh The Places Yon Will Live 

18 Savoring the Weekend 

20 Night of a Thonsand Langhs 

22 Homecoming: Generations Glory for the Red and Blue 

24 Homecoming Court 

26 Bill Cosby: The Family Man 

28 Crowning Glory: Miss Samford University 2006 

30 It's Your Night... The Beeson Ball 

32 Lighting of the Way: Illuminating the Truth 

34 Step Sing 2006: Life Unscripted 

40 Fling into Spring 

42 Embracing Cultures Around the World 

44 Shadowlands 

46 The Magic of the Mikado 

48 Dancing Through Life: Rites of Passsage 

50 The Secret Garden 

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Experiencing the 

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by Meredith Yates 










In the immediate aftermath of the 
first introduction to the roommate, the 
realization that a dorm room is 10 square 
feet and the tearful goodbye to the parents, 
freshmen began the infamous freshmen 
orientation, Connections. While some 
considered it the inevitable awkward rite of 
passage into Samford life, a large majority of 
students walked away from the experience 
feeling excited about the next four years, or 
mavbe five. 

Jennifer Dunn Hall, director of student 
activities and leadership education, 
described Connections as an introduction 
to "people, places and resources that 
will help make the transition to college 
smooth and successful." She also said, 
"The activities help students learn about 
Samford as well as discover their unique 
place within this community." This vear's 
Connections schedule spread over four 
days and introduced 
students to their 
classmates, campus 
and the surrounding 

The entering 
freshmen were divided 
into 40 small groups 
upon check-in. Each 
small group was led by 
a male and a female 
upperclassman who were prepared to turn 
their young proteges into Samford-loving 
fanatics. The freshmen returned to their 
small group six times within the four days 
to discuss issues relevant to campus life at 
Samford, such as Step Sing, the Caf, DTR's, 
Jan Term, the Pit and values violations. 

Students had the opportunity to 
experience Guys' and Girls' Night Out with 
their Connections leader at some of the 

"The activities help 
students learn about 
Samford as well as 
discover their unique 
place within this 

city's most popular dining and nightlife 
venues. Some of the restaurants visited this 
year included Mellow Mushroom, Taziki's, 
Superior Grill, Jim 'n' Nicks and Wings. 
Activities were scheduled every day to 
help students get to know one another and 
explore their new found freedom. The 
ultimately chaotic "Playfair" kicked off the 
festivities with an elderly ringmaster clad in 
spandex. Accompanied by upbeat music 
and surrounded by their enthused leaders, 
the freshmen scampered around the 
quad, danced back-to-back, screamed and 
laughed during the first evening. "I loved 
Playfair! Who knew that running around 
acting really stupid would be so much fun," 
freshman Stephanie Shoemaker said. 

Other activities that provided the 
freshmen an opportunity to get to know 
one another were the Familv Reunion on 
the Quad, residence hall meetings and the 
Freshmen Dance. 
Another staple 
of the Connections 
schedule was the trip 
to the historic Alabama 
Theatre. With six 
dollars, freshman 
entered a renowned 
Southern theatre and 
received popcorn and a 
drink. This year's group 
watched the romantic comedy "Hitch." 
Freshman Casey Cooper said she enjoyed 
the experience after the movie the most. 
"My favorite part of Connections was when 
my Connections leader got us lost after 
the movie for an hour. It was probably the 
best time ever and it was a great bonding 

Connections not only focused on 
the social aspects of campus, but it also 

devoted time to the academic perspective. 
Connection leaders prepared students for 
the challenges of Communication Arts and 
Cultural Perspectives. Students even met 
college professors with their small group 
during lunch. 

This year's special academic and cultural 
introduction to Birmingham featured 
Dr. Wayne Flynt, Samford alumnus and 
distinguished university professor at Auburn 
University and Dr. Jonathan Bass, Samford 
history professor. The two men spoke to 
freshmen at the Wright Center about the 
new city they were about to call home in a 
lecture entitled "Journey to Birmingham: 
Race, Community and Christianity in the 
Magic City." 

A special Connections worship service 
was held on the final day of the orientation, 
providing encouragement to find their 
spiritual stability within the confines of 
Samford 's communitv. 

Although Connections provided 
students with helpful information about 
college, campus life and community, the 
part that students enjoyed most were 
the relationships that students built with 
the people they met. "I am really good 
friends with three people who were in 
my Connections group, and with my 
Connections leaders. They were all 
wonderful," freshmen English major Jessica 
Bonner said. ♦ 

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Welcome Back 

Bv Anna Holzman 

As students began to fill the dorms and 
unpack precious belongings, the sights 
and sounds of a quiet empty campus that 
occupied Samford during summer months 
were lost. The traditional greetings of 
friends old and new, buying books and 
running to Wal-Mart for last minute items 
were common occurrences as Samford 
University opened its doors for the 2005- 
2006 academic year. 

Another tradition that takes place to kick 
of the new school year is a combination 
of events known as Welcome Back. 
Welcome Back allowed returning students 
to socialize with friends. For incoming 
freshmen. Welcome Back gave them the 
opportunity to get a feel for campus life and 
meet new people. 

For the first night of Welcome Back, 
"Dinner on the Dirt" was the main event. 
Students lined up for food in the Caf and 
took it outside to sit on the quad and chow 
down. In addition to plaving Frisbee and 
football, students enlightened their friends 
about the summer. 

"It was a lot of fun to get back and see 
my friends after the summer," junior 

sports medicine major Daniel Crane said. 
"[Dinner on the Dirt] is a great way to 
connect with people." 

Sophomore Rachel Lamb said, "Welcome 
Back is without a doubt one of my favorite 
events here at Samford. It was so much fun 
to catch up with everyone and hear about 
their summers. I really 
missed everyone and it 
was so great to see their 
warm smiles again." 

Monday night was 
supposed to be the 
night of the annual Welcome Back dance 
at Sloss Furnace. However, the dance was 
cancelled because of Hurricane Katrina. 
"I was really disappointed that Sloss got 
cancelled," junior sports medicine major 
Daniel Temple said. 

Other students expressed the same 
frustration. "I was disappointed that the 
dance got cancelled because the freshmen 
dance, during Connections, was so much 
fun," freshman psychology major Christine 
Holland said. "I thought this would be even 
more fun because the whole school would 
be there." 

"It was so great to 
see their warm smiles 

"I was sad that so much got cancelled, 
because it's a great time to meet new 
people, as well as see your friends after the 
summer," junior business management 
major Brittany Barker said. 

Despite a few setbacks because of the 
weather, the rest of the scheduled events 
continued. To 
conclude the Welcome 
Back events, many 
students attended the 
first football game of 
the year to cheer on 
the Bulldogs. Before the game, students 
were offered free barbecue and T-shirts at 
the stadium. "I liked it," Barker said. "Not 
many people ever go to that, which is sad, 
but it's really fun. You get to sit out on the 
field, have free food and get free T-shirts." 
The Bulldogs defeated Edward Waters, 
and then numerous students gathered on 
the tennis courts for a bluegrass concert. 
While Trotline played, many students 
danced to the hits from Lynard Skynard, 
Alabama and other music legends. 

Melissa Poole, the Student Government 
Association vice-president, said, "Trotline 






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1 .11 left: Trotline belts 
"Swot Home Alabama" 
as students mingle on the 

Left: Jamie Daughtry and 
\in\ Si In II enji '\ i aii hing 
up at Dinner at the Dirt. 

Below : Students i ontinue 
in reunite with h tends weD 
after the sun goes down. 

was a great band. A lot of Samford students 
related to them, and there was a great 
turnout. It ended up being one of the 
biggest student-organized concerts." 

Crane expressed the same enthusiasm. 
"Trotline was probably the most fun 
I've ever had at a concert at Samford," 
Crane said. 

Overall, many students felt this year's 
Welcome Back was a success. Freshmen 
Amber Henry and Carlyn Harris said, 
"Welcome Back exemplifies Christian 
friends and fellowship and is an awesome 
way to get the entire school together to 
begin the new school year through 
exciting events." 

Ac cording to freshman sports medicine 
major, Michael Wheeler, Welcome Back 
proved to be a successful event. "I had such 
a great time at the Welcome Back festivities, 
that I just can't wait until next vear," 
Wheeler said. ♦ 

Aspire ♦ Entre Nous 2006 15 

Oh the Places 

you will Live 

by Lauren Gardner 

Making the transition to college can be 
difficult, especially for students leaving 
home for the first time. However, if 
living conditions are agreeable, life can 
be influenced in a positive way. A dorm 
becomes a home away from home for 
many students. 

Four sections of Samford's campus were 
designated as residential areas including 
West campus, Central Campus, Beeson 
Woods and student apartments. Campus 
life experiences varied for students 
depending upon which part of campus 
they resided. 

Sophomore Bryce Lokey is an 
international relations major who lived 
in Mountain View Hall on West Campus. 
He said the experience in his dorm was 
enjoyable, and it felt like home to him. 
He met his current roommate in Smith's 
recreation room last year playing ping 
pong. Lokey really enjoyed his experience 
in Smith dorm his freshman year. "People 
in Pittman miss out," Lokey said, "Smith is 
such a good freshman experience, and it is 
right next to Vail, which is also good." 

Lokey thought Mountain View was a 
completely different experience due to his 
kitchen and lobby. Every two weeks the guys 
in the dorm held poker tournaments in the 
lobbv, which allowed them to get to know 
each other better. 

Lokey also said he liked being near the 
Creek houses because people were alwa\ s 

out and about on West Campus. Living in 
the Greek housing on West Campus proved 
to be beneficial for members of fraternities 
and sororities. 

Sophomore nursing major Ren Higgins 
lived in the Chi Omega house. Higgins said 
having her own bathroom was a benefit, 
as opposed to the community bathrooms 
to which she was previously exposed in 
Vail. The visitation hours were also more 
frequent than those in Vail. 

As a member of a sorority, it was more 
efficient for Higgins to live in the house 
because most of her activities originate 
in West Campus. Higgins also said the 
seclusion the Greek houses have from the 
rest of campus created a much better firing 
environment. "The only downside is the 
long trek to class, but the positive side to 
that is that it is a good workout," 
Higgins said. 

For some freshmen it was difficult to feel 
at home on a college campus, but Megan 
Christians, a freshman journalism and mass 
communications major, adjusted well to 
life in Vail. Christians went potluck when 
selecting a roommate and the experience 
proved to be a positive one. Not only did 
Christians get along with her roommate, but 
she also made great friends on her hall. 

"Everyone has their doors open all the 
time, and we all get along really well," 
Christians said. All the girls on Christians' 
hall play flag football together. Even the 

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Left to right: Bryce Lokey, 

Lauren Higgins and Megan 
Christians show off their 
college homes. 

Bottom of page: Student 
Apartments: home of 
Austin Walker. 

RA plaved with the team. Residents of 
Christian's hall also ate dinner together 
every night in the Caf. Christians said Vail 
became her home away from home. 

Changes were made to Central campus 
residence for the 2005-2006 school 
year. Pitman hall was previously an all 
male residence. Because of the 
number of females enrolled for 
the academic year, Pitman was 
turned into a dormitory consisting 
of female freshmen and transfer 

Completely different living arrangements 
existed in Beeson Woods. Junior 
management major Clint Calvert lived in 
James, one of Beeson's dorms, for two years. 
He said it was a much better experience 
than living in Smith his freshman year. The 
bigger rooms, the common room and the 
more-accessible parking were three of the 
major benefits. 

To Calvert, it was similar to firing in 
an apartment. He has made friends 
with the guys in his dorm due to the 
dart tournaments, in which fie tried to 
participate in at least once a day. He said 
it was easier to setde into Beeson because 
there was more privacy. "Beeson is probably 
the best place to live on campus, in my 
opinion," said Calvert. 

Student apartments possessed a unique 
atmosphere compared to other areas of 
campus. Austin Walker, a sophomore 

business major, lived in student apartments 
with two roommates. 

He met his roommates in the training 
room the previous year because he ran track 
and his roommates played tennis. 

Walker said the student apartments were 
a great option for students, but they are far 

"Everyone has their doors open 
all the time, and we all get 
along really well." 

away from everyone else on campus. There 
was also no real sense of community in the 
student apartments as well, and no one 
really knew anyone around them. 

However, according to Walker, it really 
felt like an apartment and it was great to 
have a kitchen. He spent time with his 
friends in other dorms, but he also invited 
his friends to his apartment because it was 
large enough to accommodate a greater 
number of people. 

Each of these students had different 
dorm life experiences, but the one common 
thread that tied them together was the 
memories made by firing on campus. ♦ 

Aspire ♦ Entre Nous 2006 17 

Savoring the 


by Anna Holzman 

Just when you thought your hands couldn't 
type one more sentence and your eyes couldn't 
read one more word, the weekend came to your 

Since Samford is located in the center 
of a thriving city, students had numerous 
opportunities this year to hang out at concerts, 
theatre productions, nightclubs, shopping 
( enters and restaurants. 

A major hangout for Samford students this 
year was Formaggio's, an Italian restaurant 
located in the heart of Birmingham. 
Formaggios is a 24 hour Italian restaurant with 

Junior English and Spanish major Amy 
Saxon said she went to Formaggio's often. "It's 
a lot of fun. It's loud, and there are a lot of 
people. No matter what time of night you go 
there, you can always find a crowd to hang out 

"It's a lot of fun. It's loud, and 
there are a lot of people. No 
matter what time of night, you 
can always find a crowd to 
hang out with." 

Occasionally, bands come to entertain the 
customers late into the night. Formaggio's also 
has a bar and an arcade computed into the 
small restaurant. 

The Purple Onion was another Samford hot 
spot on the weekends. They serve Greek food 
in a very casual atmosphere. Purple Onion, or 
P.O., is also open 24 hours. Saxon said she went 
to Purple Onion a lot during her freshman year. 
"Purple Onion is a popular spot, especially 
among freshman," Saxon said. "There's 
nothing better than cheap Mediterranean food 
at 3 a.m." 

Many Samford students said they also 
enjoyed going on road trips on the weekends. 
They traveled to various colleges as well as 
different sporting events and parties. 

The college football season was a very 
popular time to make road trips, especially 
to Auburn I'niversitv and the University of 

Alabama. Students bought tickets to the games 
and went to parties or \isited 
friends afterward. 

Sophomore pre-business major Phillip Gewin 
went to five of the Crimson Tide's seven home 
games. "Alabama football is a way of life. I was 
raised on it, so I still enjoy going and watching 
them play," Gewin said. 

Other students took their Samford friends 
to their hometowns and showed them a little 
piece of their life back home. Anna McCoy, a 
freshman elementary education major, went 
home with pre-business major Christine Todd 
to Destin, Florida. "It was such an exciting 
weekend for me because I've only experienced 
'beach life' as a tourist and never as a resident. 
It was just an exciting weekend for me." McCoy 

Concerts were also popular events for 
Samford students to attend. Students traveled 
to venues such as Workplay, Moonlight Music 
Cafe and the Birmingham Jefferson Convention 
Complex, otherwise known as the BJCC, for the 
latest concert or play. 

Workplay is a venue that displays artists such 
as Michael Warren and Dave Barnes. Artists 
who perform at Workplay are usually those on 
their way to stardom, and they are well known 
by college students. Junior exercise science 
major Daniel Temple said he went to a lot of 
concerts at Workplay. "Workplay is one of my 
favorite places in Birmingham. It's a smaller 

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Far Left: A rock band play- 
ing at Workplay. 

Left: The Purple Onion 
boasts in affordable food 
and 2 1 hour service. 

Below: Formaggio's is a 
popular hot spot for stu- 
dents to eat, relax and sing 













atmosphere with a coffee house feel," he said. 
"It's a lot more up close and personal with the 
artists, and since most of the bands who play 
there aren't really big yet, they'll hang out with 
the crowd after the concert." 

Moonlight Music Cafe was also a frequent 
stop for students on the weekend. Its unique 
atmosphere, smooth jazz and minimal talking 
i reate a soothing get-away. 

Temple said he also hung out at the Cafe a 
lot, and he went to see Drew Holcombc play 
when he was featured in February. "Drew 
Holcombe is one of my favorite artists and the 
Moonlight Music cafe was the perfect place 
to see him," he said. "The ticket prices are 
reasonable and the atmosphere is great." 

The BJCC is a much bigger venue and 
features better-known artists and theatre 
productions. The ticket prices are higher 
ranging, because artists like James Taylor and 
1 )ave ( lhappelle frequently visit tin BJCC 
Concerts provide entertainment for all a»cs and 
frequently foi Samford students. 

Junior biology major Lauren Wagner said, 
"'Birmingham's a big city and there's always 
something fun to do on the weekend, no matter 
what it is." ♦ 

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Yiiue Vaughn keeps the 
audience rolling with his 
comedic acl at the Wright 

20 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Aspire 

Night of a 

Thousand Laughs 

bv Emilv Mullins 










Sept. 27, 2005. 8:15 p.m. "Where is he?" 
murmured impatient audience members. 
Country tunes filled the Wright Center, 
setting the mood for actor and comedian 
Vince Vaughn's "Wild West" comedy show. 

8:19 p.m. "I wonder if Will Ferrell's going 
to be here or maybe Jennifer Aniston?" 
others questioned. 

8:22 p.m. The lights dimmed and 
dramatic music played. After brief moments 
of heightened suspense, Vince Vaughn 
stepped into the spotlight as loud cheers 
erupted from the audience. Hundreds 
of cameras flashed as Vaughn greeted 
everyone attending the Alabama stop of 
his tour. 

When presenting their tickets on Tuesday 
night, guests of the show could only expect 
the unexpected. 

Rumors floated around Samford that Will 
Ferrell would be the surprise guest. "Some 
of my friends and I thought that Will Ferrell 
might be one of the guests since he was 
in Talladega shooting a new movie, so we 
were kind of bummed that he didn't show- 
up. But the comedians were really funny, so 
we got over it," sophomore graphic design 
major Dana Kaita said. 

Samford students as well as fans from 
surrounding areas packed the Wright 
Center to see the 1 7th show of the 30- 
dav tour, proceeds of which went to the 
Hurricane Katrina relief fund. Vaughn 
acknowledged both hurricane victims 
and volunteers in the audience and 
declared his pride for our great nation in 
times of vulnerability. 

"I thought the show in general was a 
great way for the Samford and Birmingham 
community to give to Hurricane Katrina 

victims. It allowed students who don't really 
have the cash or the opportunity to get 
their hands dirty an easy way to provide 
for the victims, while at the same time 
having a release from classes and college 
life," sophomore psychology major Sunny 
Thomson said. 

After the brief introduction, Vaughn 
welcomed longtime friend Ahmed to the 
stage for the first comedic act. As soon as 
he took the microphone, Ahmed's platform 
became his ethnicity and racial profiling 
he experienced throughout his life. This 
comedian of Middle Eastern heritage 
warmed up to audience members of all 
backgrounds by making fun of 
racial stereotypes. 

Next, Vince Vaughn introduced 
comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, a short 
man wearing a fitted shirt and slacks. 
Maniscalco began by asserting the 
"wayside" of American male population, 
further challenging today's standards of 
male fashion. 

However, Maniscalco did not exclude 
women from his comedic criticism. 
( Chastising women for how tight they wear 
their pants, Maniscalco said, "I can see 
your colon." 

A young man named John Caparulo 
took the stage next in baggy jeans, an 
oversized T-shirt and a backward baseball 
cap. Caparulo poked fun of his trip to rural 
Missouri and joked about several failed 

For the last act, Bret Ernst and Caparulo 
represented the youth and wit of America. 
I le described the humor, coupled with 
the stupidity, of American 20-somethings 
going out on the town in celebration of 

their prime time. Ernst also impersonated 
techno music into the microphone, and 
described his fond memories of roller- 
skating in junior high with crazy antics on 
stage. Vaughn fans were a little upset he 
did not perform a stand-up act of his own. 
"Even though I was a little disappointed that 
Vince himself didn't do a routine, the guests 
that did speak were hilarious. I laughed so 
hard my cheeks hurt," Thomson said. 

Vaughn did, however, hit the stage with 
guest star Peter Billingsley, the childhood 
actor in the film "A Christmas Story," to act 
out a scene from "The After-School Special" 
in which they starred together as teenagers. 
Actor Keir O'Donnell also made a guest 
appearance as a plug for Vaughn's 2005 
box-office hit "Wedding Crashers." In the 
movie, O'Donnell plays Vaughn's admirer. 

"Having Vince Vaughn come to Samford 
was without a doubt one of the most 
amazing experiences I've had at Samford," 
sophomore journalism major Rob 
Collingsworth said. "I was a little surprised 
to hear that he was coming to a school like 
Samford, but I really am glad he did. I got 
to shake his hand afterwards, and it was 
probably the highlight of my life." ♦ 

Aspire ♦ Emre Nous 2006 21 


Generations Glory in 

the Red and Blue 

by Meg Terry 

As students arrived back on campus after 
Fall Break, excitement and anticipation of 
the Homecoming events filled the crisp, 
autumnal air. 

The extensive planning of Homecoming 
Chairmen senior history major Mattea 
Crow and junior business major Blake 
Eckert promised a week full of tradition, 
entertainment and celebration for 
every generation. 

The festivities started Thursday night as 
students "cruised in" to enjoy watching the 
big screen under the stars. Silence of the 
Lambs was the movie du jour. Students and 
alumni gathered around the annual bonfire 
on Friday evening to reminisce on past 
homecoming memories. 

As the marching band played the fight 
song, an array of fireworks illuminated the 
black October sky. The night concluded 
with the first concert ever to be held in 
Ben Brown Plaza. The band, Kyote Wylde, 
took the stage and deemed to prove 
themselves as highlv qualified entertainers. 
"I was planning to just stop by the concert, 
but once I got there I didn't want to leave," 
freshman nursing major Kellie O'Connell 
said. "The music and atmosphere were 
amazing. I had a great time." 

Throughout the weeks before 
Homecoming, fraternities, sororities and 
other organizations on campus worked 
on their parade floats. Zeta Tau Alpha's 
Christina Elliott, a junior accounting 
major, said, "A lot of time and effort went 
into making the float, but it gave us an 
opportunity to get away from the regular 
school week and spend more time with each 
other. We were so proud to walk next to our 
float during the parade and show our spii it 
for Samford's football team." 

With finishing touches made on the floats 
and the Court Representatives positioned 
in their designated convertibles, the parade 
began Saturday morning with Grand 
Marshals Dr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Corts and 
their grandchildren leading the procession 
in a horse-drawn carriage. 

Spirit from the cheerleaders, dance team 
and marching band consumed the parade 
route as it made its loop around Sherman 
Circle for onlookers lining the street. The 
float judges named Zeta's float worthy of 
the first place trophy and a cash prize for 
their philanthropy. Phi Mu and Alpha Delta 
Pi ranked second and third, respectively. 

Following the parade, tailgating and hot- 
air balloon rides on the quad gave alumni, 
students and future Bulldogs the chance for 
the generations to mix and mingle. Then 
fans, young and old, packed the stands for 
the homecoming game versus the Tigers of 
Tennessee State University. 

Junior running back Justin Ray said, 
"Homecoming is that game everyone will 
remember. The fans are extremely excited 
and vibrant, and it's usually the one game 
when all the players' families come to see 
their sons play. It's reallyjust a 
great environment." 

Ray said he realized the importance 
of homecoming events, but that for the 
football players, the game comes first. 
"It is very important when playing at 
homecoming that you don't get caught up 
in all the distractions and forget that you 
have to take care of business on the 
field first." 

The Bulldogs wasted no time as they 
proceeded into the locker room with a 21-3 
lead at half time. During half time, the 
2005 Homecoming Court took the field. 

The announcer revealed Emily Morris and 
Jacob Simmons as the Homecoming Queen 
and King. Dr. Corts crowned the two 
beaming seniors with the coveted award. 

Sports Medicine major Morris said, 
"When presented at half time, I found 
myself not only excited but also reflective. 
Looking over the crowd reminded me that 
my days here are coming to an end. I have 
been so blessed by the relationships I have 
made here at Samford. It was so humbling 
to be honored with this award. Above all, I 
desire for God to be glorified through it." 

Alongside the Homecoming Queen, 
senior business management major 
Simmons grinned from ear to ear as 
Samford's president put the medal around 
his neck. 

"I think it was more enjoyable being 
selected as a senior because that means that 
your class has known vou for four years now 












22 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Aspire 

Left: ["he Samford Bulldogs 
begin .1 nev* pla) ,i _;.iit 1^1 the 
rennessee State I igers that 
led them to victory 

1 )ire< il\ belou : Zeta's 
I [omei oming float was 
aw. nihil first pla< e after the 
parade Saturday morning. 

Below: Flames ignite stu- 
dents' spirits at the bonfire 
on Fridaj night. 


and they still somehow think you are worthy 
of being selected," Simmons said. 

Alter the crowning, the Bulldogs came 
back on the field and clinched the victory 
with a 3 1-1 1 win over Tennessee State. 

Saturday's festivities concluded with two 
performances by world-renowned comedian 
Bill Cosby at the Wright Center and a 
dessert reception following at Ham's. 

To bring the week of homecoming 
commemorations to a close, Student 
Ministries Choir held a Samford Family 
Worship Service in Hodges Chapel. The 
service allowed all generations to come 
together for worship led by both students 
and alumni. 

As Homecoming 2005 drew to a close, 
the alma mater came true as the past, 
present and future of the university 
"pledged their hearts and minds to the 
Samford Red and Blue." ♦ 

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Homecoming Court 

by Anna Holzman 

The 2005 Homecoming Court consisted 
of six underclassmen and six seniors. Each 
student elected for the court was voted 
on by his or her classmates. The court 
was presented during halftime of the 
homecoming game against Tennessee State. 

"I was so excited to be 
included on the court with 
AnnClaire and Olivia." 

The underclassmen on the court were 
freshmen Lauren Leigh Smith and Paul 
Anderson, sophomores Stephanie Elliot and 
Bobby Smith and juniors Suzie Hornor and 
Chad Robison. 

The seniors on this year's homecoming 
court included journalism major AnnClaire 
Vaughn, sports medicine major Emily 
Morris and communications studies 
major Olivia Keaggy. Their escorts were 
sports medicine major Brandon Foltz, 
management major Brian Cook and 
management major Jacob Simmons. 

This year, Emily Morris and Jacob 
Simmons were named the 2005 
Homecoming Queen and Escort. "I was so 
excited to be included on the court with 
Ann-Claire and Olivia. I have admired 
both of those girls throughout my college 
experience," Morris said. "Just to stand with 
them, as well as with Jacob Brandon, and 
Brian, was honor enough. On top of that, 
both sets of my grandparents had already 
planned to be here Friday night for the 
senior soccer celebration. It was so special 
to experience Homecoming with all 
of my family." ♦ 

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I^eft: Homecoming Queen 
and King Emily Morris and 
Jacob Simmons 

Top row: Olivia Keaggy 
and Brian Cook; Ann Claire 
Vaughn and Brandon Foltz 

Bottom row: Lauren Leigh 
Smith and Paul Anderson; 
Stephanie Elliot and Bobby 
Smith; Suzie Hornor and 
Chad Robison 















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Bill Cosby 

26 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Aspire 

The Family Man 

bv Lauren Gardner 













As he relaxed in a recliner sporting a 
Samford sweatshirt and joking about life's 
silly antics, many students said they felt they 
knew this man. After all, they watched him 
play television's most beloved dad for almost 
a decade on The Cosb\ Show. However, 
during Homecoming weekend, Samford 
students had the opportunity to watch Bill 
Cosby as a comedian at the Wright Center. 

Cosby 's fame peaked during the 1984- 
1992 run of The Cosby Shoiu, which many 
Samford students grew up watching. He has 
experienced success in television, writing, 
movies, production and social issues. 
His humor and class have made him an 
entertainer who has stood the test of time. 

(hristin Bates, a sophomore 
communication studies major, said the 
show was really fun. She watched The Cosb\ 
Show when she was younger and said it was 
great to see him in person. She enjoyed his 
stories about his wife and family because 
the) wire pertinent to life. "I could identifv 
with everything he said about family," Bates 

She especially identified with the stories 
about Cosby's relationship with his brothers. 
"I have two younger brothers, and it is just 
like Mr. Cosby said, the baby always screams 
and still gets his way," Bates said. 

Bates said it was good that Samford 
had an icon such as Cosby to perform. 
She thought it brought people from the 
community as well as students, because he 
is so renowned. "This show could reach 
evervbodv, not just students." Bates said. 

Senior English major James King said 
he also enjoyed the show. "I was excited 
that Samford got someone with such 

a reputation," King said. Mainlv, King 
appreciated the way Cosby incorporated 
the audience in his jokes by inviting five 
Samford football players as well as Senior 
Suzanne Mattox onto the stage. 

Although he used the football players 
for his act, he asked Mattox onto the stage 
because he noticed her interpreters since 
she's hearing impaired. "I never expected 
to go up there with Bill Cosby," Mattox said. 
"When he asked me to walk up to him, I was 
shaking and speechless because I was going 
to meet my all-time favorite comedian- 
actor. He was completely sweet and caring 
when he held my hands and kissed me 
on the cheek. It has been one of my best 
memories. I can't wait to tell this story to 
my future children or grandchildren." 

King also said ,,_,_, 

The stones he told 

were so accessible to 
everyone and were 
interesting to all ages." 

the show flowed 

well because 

Cosby delivered 

jokes in the form 

of stories, and it 

was engrossing. 

Tor such a long 

show, it had a good pace. The stories kept 

a smile on your face as opposed to punch 

lines," King said. Cosby came across as 

grandfatherly, which is what King expected. 

"The stories he told were so accessible to 

everyone and were interesting to all ages," 

King said. 

Kathryn Lamb, a junior political science 
and Spanish major, said she was realh 
excited when she found out Cosbv was 
doing the show for homecoming because 
she also watched The Cosb) Show when she 
was younger. Lamb said the parts she liked 

the most in the show were the jokes and 
stories from his old performances. "I think 
he was a good person to bring because he is 
so well-known," Lamb said, "Most of us grew 
up watching The Cosby Shoiv." 

Jeremy Brannan, a senior biology and 
Spanish major, said it was great to have Bill 
Cosby come to Samford because he is one of 
the biggest names this school has ever had. 
At first Brannan was worried 
Cosby's jokes would not be 
as good as in his younger 
years, but later realized he 
was wrong. Brannan said he 
was even better because he 
was like a grandfather figure 
and used his age to make 
great jokes. "I was cracking up the whole 
time," Brannan said. His favorite jokes 
were the ones about dentists, because he is 
pre-dental. "The jokes about dentists were 
hilarious. I had tears on my cheeks," said 

Expectations were met the night 
Bill Cosby came to Samford's campus. 
His stories and jokes were timeless and 
transcended all ages and races. As one of 
America's icons, he left Samford University 
with something to remember-there is always 
room for laughter in life. ♦ 

Aspire ♦ Entre Nous 2006 21 

Crowning Glory: 



By Emily Mullins 

Lights... camera... action! Well, minus 
the camera. Plenty of lights and action 
filled the Wright Center on November 4 at 
the only official Miss America preliminary 
that is entirely student-led, the Miss Samford 
University pageant. Students, parents and 
faculty alike came to witness the crowning of 
Miss Samford 2006, senior Melissa Toole. 

Audience member Allyson Dewell, a 
freshman nursing major, said, "It was a great 
way to get to see a group of diverse girls 
strut their stuff. Overall, it was a fun event 
that allowed each contestant to share some 
part of their life passion." 

To kick off the night, enthusiastic 
emcees Alexa Jones, the reigning Miss 
Alabama 2005, and senior sports medicine 
major Brandon Foltz took the stage. They 
introduced the nine contestants, all of 
different ages and concentrations of study, 
who performed a choreographed dance 
routine to the song "Singing in the Rain" in 

28 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Aspire 

keeping with this year's "Reign" theme. 

After a video that followed the 
painstaking practice put forth by each 
contestant in the weeks preceding the 
pageant, the participants performed a 
dance with their escorts to "It's Raining 
Men." Eight of the escorts represented 
male students at Samford, and one was a 
Samford alumnus. 

Reigning Miss Samford University 
2005 Melissa Morgan played the piano, 
contestants competed in the casual wear 
portion of the pageant, which accounted 
for 10 percent of the total score. Then the 
contestants came on stage in their swimsuit 
attire, which compromised another 10 
percent of the score. 

After Jones performed a song, she then 
opened the floor for each contestant to 
showcase her talent, a competition worth 35 
percent of the total score. Talents differed, 
ranging from Toole's vocal performance 

of "Vienna" to Liz Cesler's lyrical dance to 
"Listen to Your Heart" and Jessica Tern's 
talent at the piano, for which she captured 
the talent award. 

The evening wear competition, 
counting for 15 percent of the total score, 
directly preceded the on-stage interview 
competition, which comprised five percent 
of the total score. 

Morgan was given the responsibility of 
creating the interview questions before the 
pageant. The contestants, however, had no 
prior knowledge of the specific content of 
the questions, which concerned political 
topics and recent national events. Each 
participant pulled a question from the 
bowl, and each was judged based on her 
composure, clarity of speech and ability to 
immediately express a thought 
when prompted. 

"The interview component was the most 
challenging aspect of the judging process 











because vou had 10 minutes to reveal, in a 
nut shell, who you are," Toole said. "Not 
onlv does the contestant have a short 
amount of time to convey who she is, but 
she also has a panel of five judges who 
mosdv likely have different opinions about 
the issues concerning our society." 

.As the night drew to a close, the Samford 
dance team performed to "Luck Be A Lady 
Tonight" while the judges tabulated the 
scores. Morgan then walked for the last time 
as Miss Samford. 

After presenting awards and giving 
recognition to the students and committees 
behind the pageant, such as sophomore 
co-directors Callie Aldridge and Lauren 
Welty, it was time to announce Miss Samford 
University 2006. 

Several moments of heightened suspense 
passed as awards such as Best Talent were 
given. Finally, the emcees read off the 
winners in the following order: second 
runner-up. Miss Katie Robertson; first 
runner-up, Miss Charissa Cowart; and the 
much-anticipated winner, Miss 
Melinda Toole. 

Cheers erupted from the audience as 
Morgan placed a shining crown on Toole's 
head. Having competed in 25 preliminaries 
prior to this year's Miss Samford pageant, 
Toole was no stranger to the stage, but 
being crowned to represent her school was 
certainlv a first for her. 

Also selected as the pageant's Miss 
Congeniality, Toole took her inaugural walk 
as Miss Samford 2006 just before the curtain 

Rest assured that the curtain has not 
fallen on her experience. Her crowning was 
merelv the beginning of her service as she 
had an entire year to promote her platform 
of character education in 
the community. 

Above all, Toole enjoyed her experience 
with the girls in the competition. "I really 
enjoved having the chance to fellowship 
with the other contestants. As a senior 
in college, it can be very hard to find the 
time to sit down and get to know someone. 
I really valued the time I had to spend 
with the other contestants. They are all 
remarkable women," Toole said. 

Sophomore nursing major Elizabeth 
Broome agreed that Miss Samford was a 
positive experience. "I have participated 
in this for the past two years and each dme 
has been an enjoyable experience," Broome 
said. "It is a great opportunity to gain 
confidence, give to the community and 
perfect a talent." 

Reflecting back on the pageant, junior 
psvchology major Jessica Dutton said, "I 
enjoyed the people I met and the challenge 
of something new. Beauty pageants are not 
as simple as they look. The biggest thing is 
to remember to have fun with it." ♦ 

Left: Miss Samford University 
2006 Melinda Toole takes her 
inaugral walk down the runway. 

Directly above: Melissa Morgan 
crowns Melinda Toole the new 
Miss Samford University. 

Above: Contestants dance with 
their escorts in the opening 

Aspire ♦ Entre Nous 2006 29 

It's Your Night... 

The Beeson Ball 

Byjessi Lee 

Loud music, candlelight and students 
dressed in formal gowns and tuxedos were 
the sights and sounds that filled the Harbert 
Center in downtown Birmingham, on 
Saturday, November 12, 2005. Beeson Ball 
proved to be a big event for the 
fall semester. 

Beeson Ball is a formal sponsored by 
the resident assistants in Beeson Woods 
and aimed directly at the residents of 
Beeson. However, something manv Samford 
students don't know is that everyone 
enrolled at Samford is invited. "It was open 
to everyone, even Central Campus," senior 
exercise science major Katherine Manget 
said. "But it was only advertised in Beeson." 
Manget is a senior resident assistant 
for Samford. 

This is the second vear the resident 
assistants put on the Beeson Ball. "I went 
last year, and it was a lot of fun," junior 
pharmacv major Sarah Kate Jennings said. 
Jennings is a resident assistant in Lucille 
Hall. Jennings said the purpose of the 
Beeson Ball is "to have something for the 

Beeson Woods residents to be involved in, 
since most of us are independent." 

Manget didn't go last year because she 
was a resident assistant in Central Campus. 
"This year, I was required to go, but I 
would've gone anyway," she said. 

Junior political science major Rod Evans 
said, "I wasn't going to go because I was in 
The Mikado, but it worked out, and I'm 
glad I went." Evans, who lives in James Hall, 
said this was his first year to attend the Ball. 
"I heard thev had a good time last year," he 
said. "I did have fun." 

Sophomore graphic design major 
Bob Miller was invited by Lucille Hall 
resident sophomore sports medicine major 
Emily Whitworth. Miller, who lives in 
Mountainview, said the Ball took the place 
of fraternity and sorority parties for the 
independents at Samford. "There are a lot 
of fraternitv and sororirv parties," Miller 
said. "Beeson is a lot less social, so it's good 
to get to go to something like this." 

Manv students said the Ball was a great 
opportunity to socialize. "It was good 














30 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Aspire 

Far left: Suite [van and their 
dates meet outside Ethel 
before .1 nigh) ni dining and 

Left: Beesi in Woi id ci mples 
swa) to the beal al the 
Harbert Center. 

Below: Christ) < )'Neill and 
Susannah Mayhall pose for 
a quick shoi as tln\ take a 
break from the dance floor. 

because in Beeson, vou know a lot of 
people, but vou never get to see them," 
Evans said. "You can come together and 
have a good time. It's good, clean fun." 
Miller agreed, "It's a good way to hang 
out with 

"It's a good way to hang out with 

you don't 

people you don't get to see a lot." 

get to see 
a lot." 

Many students attended the Ball this 
year. "There was quite a turnout, and I 
was impressed." junior computer science 
major Daniel Mills said. Miller also said the 
turnout was high. "There were more people 
there than I thought there would be," he 
said. "Things are always more fun with a lot 
of people." 

According to Manget and Jennings, the 
Ball is a lot of fun, especially for girls. "It's a 
good excuse to get dressed up and go out," 
Manget said. Jennings said she agreed. "I 
like to get dressed up, and I like to dance," 
she said. "It was almost like prom. Vou 
signed in at the door, there were tables set 

up, there were refreshments, and there 
was a big dance floor." However, the girls 
weren't the only ones who had fun. "It was 
a tvpical ball and parts," Miller said. "It was 
definitely fun." 

Manv students 
who attended 
the Ball said 
they suggest 
others to attend 
next year. "I definitely encourage students 
to go," Jennings said. "It's a good chance to 
get your groove on." Manget said there are 
mam different reasons students should go. 
"It's free and you get to go downtown," she 
said. "Students should definitely go." Evans 
said, "I would really encourage it. It's a good 
group of people." 

Mills pointed out the theme this year and 
said it holds truth. "It's your night." ♦ 

Aspire ♦ Entre Nous 2006 31 

of the Way: 

illuminating the truth 

"And there were shepherds living out 
in the fields nearby, keeping watch over 
their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord 
appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord 
shone around them, and they were terrified. 
But the angel said to them, 'Do not be 
afraid. I bring you good news of great joy 
that will be for all the people. Today in the 
town of David a Savior has been born to 
you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a 
sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped 
in cloths and lying in a manger.' Suddenly 
a great company of the heavenly host 
appeared with the angel, praising God and 
saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and 
on earth peace to men on whom his favor 
rests.'" (Luke 2:8-14, NIV) 

Samford students braving the chilly night 
air on Nov. 29 listened to a similar reading 
of the biblical account of Christ's birth. 

Lighting of the Way, a spiritual 
celebration marking the beginning of the 
Christmas season at Samford, took place 
on the steps leading up to the University 

Before festivities began, class officers set 
up tables and distributed various "Lighting 
of the Way" memorabilia. 

Sophomore business major Paul McNeese 
said, "Lighting of the Way was a great 
experience. As a class officer, it was a great 
way for me to get out and serve our class 
and the student body as a whole. As a 
student, it was even better to get out 
and see one of Samford's more 
meaningful functions." 

At the official start of Lighting of the Way, 
speakers, both students and faculty alike, 
approached the microphone to comment 
on the joy of the season. Then the Student 
Ministries Choir sang Christmas carols, 
inviting everyone in attendance to sing 
along. They encouraged participation by 

32 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Aspire 

by Emily Mullins 

passing out sheets with the lyrics to the 
carols being sung. 

Sophomore nursing major Jessica 
Johnson said, "Lighting of the Way is a 
heart-warming Samford tradition. I miss 
not being home to put up the Christmas 
lights, but Samford gives its students the 
opportunity to experience plugging in 
the lights at their home away from home. 
Besides the beautiful lights, I loved the 
sweet singing of Christmas carols reminding 
me of how blessed I am to freely celebrate 
our Savior's birth at my school." 

After filling the quad with sweet holiday 
melodies, everyone was invited to witness 
the climax of the evening: the lighting 
of the Christmas tree at the center of 
Samford's campus. 

Boxed lights were placed along the 
perimeter of the sidewalks, but each of 
them paled in comparison to the lights 
strung on the elegant evergreen. 

Many rushed to get their pictures taken 
with their friends in front of the tree. Even 
someone dressed in a Santa Claus ensemble 
made an appearance in order to entertain 
the children and adults present. 

Freshman exercise science major Johanna 
Brandon said, "It was a little hard for me 
to get into the Christmas spirit this year 
since, as a freshman, this was the first time 
I missed all of the pre-Christmas activities 
at home. Lighting of the Way was great, 
though, because I realized not only would I 
have traditions to go home to, but I would 
also be a part of Samford traditions." 

At the conclusion of the outdoor events 
of the evening, many made the short trek to 
Reid Chapel for the Hanging of the Green. 
Director of Christian Women Leadership 
Center Carol Ann Vaughn officiated most of 
the service, imploring Samford affiliates to 
be the light in a dark world. 

Vaughn cited Matthew 5:14-16, which 
states, 'You are the light of the world... Let 
your light shine before others, that they may 
see your good deeds and glorify your Father 
in heaven." 

Symbolic gestures, such as the lighting 
of candles, were made to accompany the 
message, and additional Scriptural readings 
were shared. 

Summing up the uniqueness of the 
Lighting of the Way tradition, junior 
nursing major Claire Woods said, "While 
certain things at the Lighting of the Way do 
vary each year - different speakers, different 
choirs, and a different crowd - what I have 
enjoyed most about it over the past three 
years is that at its heart it remains very much 
the same. It is one of the many traditions 
that I think helps make Samford the close 
community that it is." ♦ 

Left: Paper lanterns line the 
sidewalks leading students 
to the ceremony. 

Directly below: The tradi- 
tional Christmas tree in the 
middle of the quad. 

Below: Student Ministries 
Choir leads the students in 
song with Christmas carols. 








Aspire ♦ Entre Nous 2006 33 

Step Sing 2006 

Life Unscripted 

by Sara Beth Terrv 

Between the first step taken in rehearsal and 
the last note sung at the final performance, the 
weeks were crazed by Step Sing fever. 

Throughout the month of February, 
nicknamed by students "Step Sing-uary", the 
campus was filled with the buzz that comes 
along with Step Sing secrets, unity 
and livelihood. 

The traditional banner drop gave a little 
foretaste of what the next few weeks were going 
to hold. Displayed in the Caf, the banners were 
conversation pieces as students talked about the 
much-anticipated show, with the 2006 theme of 

"Winning Sweepstakes was 
an irreplaceable culmination 
of joy and relief." 

With their interpretation of their theme, 
"The Blue Brothers," Alpha Omicron Pi won 
the banner contest. 

Although fairly young to direct an entire 
show, Alpha Omicron Pi sophomore, Kristan 
Burson said she was honored to accept the 
challenge. "When you get the show finished and 
you realize how well it all came together, there 
is a big sense of pride that just comes over you. 
You begin to realize that everything you have 
gone through the past few months has all been 
worth it; especially when you have all of your 
girls really excited to perform and represent the 
sorority and each other," 
she said. 

The emcee trio of junior D.J. Carter, senior 
Kristen Williams and senior Kris Wood brought 
extra laughs to the stage as they briefed each 
show. "I thoroughly enjoyed having another 
perspective on the show being an emcee this 
year," Carter said. "I loved knowing secrets 
about the other shows and it was neat to be 
neutral. The excitement and energy of each 
group is truly awesome. Step Sing gives you a 
high that vou can't describe." 

Senior Charissa Cowart directed this year's 
Saturday Night Live-themed Phi Mu show. "I 
really feel like this year's Step Sing show as a 
whole was one of the best since I've been at 
Samford. Our overall committee was wonderful, 
and for Phi Mu personally, we all had a blast 
performing. Our goal this year was to be laid 
back, fun and have a crowd-pleasing show. I feel 
like we accomplished that," Cowan said. 

Competing against 12 other groups, 
Independent Ladies took the coveted 
Sweepstakes trophy with their theme of "We 
Stick Together: A Story of Shadows," as well as 
the Excellence in Choreography and Excellence 
in Music awards. 

For the last three years, Independent Ladies 
have placed in the top three shows but have 
never taken home the Sweepstakes Trophy. 
This year, directors Drew Pournelle and Eden 
Richardson finally witnessed their hard work 
pay off. "I'm so happy for this team. We put a 
lot of work into this, and even though second 
place wasn't necessarily bad the past two years, 
it feels great to finally be the best," Pournelle 

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Left: Independent Ladies 
dure tin Eden Ri< hardson 
c elebrates with the rest of 

tin- ir. mi as she holds the 
Sweepstakes trophy. 

Below: Dudes-A-Plendy di- 
rector Jacob Simmons sings 
"If I only had a heart." 














Junior Independent Ladies member Lydia 
Foxworth agreed. "Performing in Step Sing 
was so rewarding, to see all our hard work pay 
off. During the show there were so many self- 
conscious thoughts like. 'Are we good enough?' 
'They could probably win' and 'What does 
everyone think about our show?' And then 
winning Sweepstakes was an irreplaceable 
i ulmiiMiii hi i it |D\ and relief." 

Behind those step sing smiles, costumes 
and props was a committee headed by senior 
religion major Mike Motta dedicated to making 
Step Sing arrive without a hitch. 

"It's such a bittersweet feeling now the show 
is finished," Motta said. "It was exciting to see 
everyone's hard work finally come together into 
one big production. But it's also sad because it's 
over. I thought the show was great. Everyone 
did such a good job, and I could not have been 
privileged to direct a better year." ♦ 

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"We Stick Together- A Story of Shadows" 
Independent Ladies 

First runner up: 

"The Man and the Machine" 

Second runner up: 

"Spice Up Your Life" 
Zeta Tau Alpha 

Excellence in Theme: 

Dudes- A- Plenty 

Excellence in Choreography: 

Independent Ladies 

Excellence in Music: 

Independent Ladies 

Participants' choice awards: 

Best Music - Sigma Chi 

Best Choreography - Zeta Tau Alpha 

Best Costume - Phi Mu 

Best Overall - Pi Kappa Phi 

Community service award - Student Ministries 

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Aspire ♦ Entre Nous 2006 39 

Fling into 


"I thought Spring Fling was 
great this year. We had a big 
turnout at all the events." 

by Meg Terry 

Sounds of musical talent rocked 
the Samford campus throughout the 
weekend of Spring Fling and rolled out 
entertainment opportunities galore. 

The Student Activities Council, a branch 
of SGA, planned a three-day musical festival 
referred to as "Samford Stages." Junior 
religion major Ryan McCormick and 
freshman history major Bennett Sumner led 
the committee as co-chairs for the weekend 
of music that was held April 19-22. 

"I thought Spring 
Fling was great this 
year," Bennett said. "We 
had a big turnout at all 
the events. Ryan and I 
tried to do a lot of new things, and people 
really enjoyed it." 

The weekend kicked-off Thursday night 
with a feast-and-music event called "Blues 
and BBQ," relocated from Ben Brown Plaza 
to the Caf due to inclement weather. Blues 
artist Willie King performed in the Caf as 
students enjoyed the southern fixins' of 
barbeque chicken, sweet tea and bread 
pudding. Willie livened up the crowd 
despite the poor weather conditions, as he 
left the stage several times to sing and plav 
the guitar among the different tables. 

Junior geography major Kvle Sims said. 
"I thought Willie King and his band were 
really great to listen to. His passion for 
music made him really entertaining." 

Prior to opening the doors for the Friday 
night concert, an overwhelming amount 
of people waited to get into the gym. An 
estimated 400 students came to hear Dave 
Barnes perform a free concert in 
Seibert Gym. 

After singing a few songs, Micah Dalton, 
an up and coming artist, introduced 
Barnes and the crowd greeted him with 
energy. Opening his performance with the 
hit "Crazyboutya," Barnes captivated the 
audience from the start. His voice, his guitar 

abilities and his personality left the crowd 
wanting more. 

"The Dave Barnes concert was amazing. I 
love how he has such a great stage presence, 
how he interacts with the audience and how 
he obviously loves to perform." freshman 
nursing major Marchele Olds said. 

In addition to singing originals, such 
as "On a Night Like This" and "Nothing 
Fancy," Barnes belted out Lonestar's 
"Walking in Memphis" which was an instant 
favorite. Barnes also encouraged the crowd 
to sing along to the familiar tunes. 

The Battle of the Bands competition 
concluded the weekend of "Samford 
Stages," as nine student bands performed 
in the football stadium on Saturday 
night. Manchester Orchestra, a band out 
ol Atlanta, opened for the event, while 
junior history major Ricky Thrash emceed 
throughout the night. The free smoothies 
and audience giveaways, such as an iPod 
shuffle and tickets to Birmingham's 
Crawfish, increased the crowd. 

The bands included Ryan Fitzgerald, 

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Left: Students gather to 
listen to different bands play 
during Spring Fling. 

Dim ll\ below: Ben 
Thompson tunes his guitar 
before the show. 

Below: Adam Powell 
proposes to Ashley Cullop 
on stage during Brighllield's 












Charger, Three Guvs and Hunter, Joy Be, 

Travis and the Daxtones, The Primaries, 
Brightfield, Basham's Superfly Honeys and 
Soul Cry. Each band was given 15 minutes 
to play and was judged based on originality, 
musical ability and crowd interaction. After 
three judges tallied up the scores, the first 
place honors, along with the cash prize, was 
awarded to Brightfield. 

One oi the surprises during Brightfield's 
perlbi mance was when senior psychology 
major Adam Powell, who is the bass 
guitarist, proposed to his girlfriend Ashley 
( iullop, a senioi nursing major. 

Lead vocalist Cases Marshall said, "Due to 
Brightfield being a fairly new band, we have 
not had main opportunities to compete. 
Actually Samford was our first 'battle.' It 
is very differenl playing For a competition 
rather than playing for fans thai have 
come to hear and see you play your music. 
However, we had a great time playing at 
Samford Stages and look forward to many 
more performances together." ♦ 

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the World 

by Meg Terry 

Travel and change of places impart new vigor 
to the mind. Seneca 

Many Samford students took the advice 
of Seneca, the ancient Roman philosopher, 
and invigorated their minds by traveling and 
experiencing a change of place. 

Boundless transoceanic opportunities allow 
students to discover diverse venues such as 
England, Spain, Africa, Italy and Costa Rica. 

The Department of World Languages and 
Cultures provides study abroad possibilities for 
every current student and even special alumni 

Through the study abroad program, students 
are given the unique privilege of experiencing 
a foreign culture while earning college credits. 
Each site holds its own enchantment and 

The program Samford offers in Spain allows 
students the opportunity to study in this 
beautiful European country throughout 
summer vacation. 

For the duration of about two months, 
students take courses in both Madrid and 

Sophomore pre-business major Annie 
Murphree took advantage of the opportunity to 
visit Spain in the summer of 2005. Reminiscing 
about her stay with a family in Salamanca, 
Murphree said, "One afternoon, my 'madre' 
and 'padre' decided to take me to their house 
outside the city to relax and get fresh air. 
The 'pueblo,' as my Spanish parents called 
the countryside, looked and felt completely 
different than the city of Salamanca." 


After spending time with her host family. 
Murphree realized that Spain was more than 
just a place on a map. "I was struck by how 
proud my Spanish parents were of their 
heritage, country, and way of life." Murphree 
said. "I realized that because my Spanish 
family had become special to me, Spain became 
special to me. It became real. It wasn't just 
another place but 
another home." 

During Jan Term, many students chose to 
embark for the Central American country of 
Costa Rica in order to immerse themselves 
in the culture for three weeks. Students 
traveling to Santa Ana, Costa Rica also had the 
opportunity to live with a native 
host family. 

Sophomore sports medicine major Emily 
Whitworth was one of the students who took 

ing back in the United States, 
trying to apply 'Pura Vida' to 
everyday life." 

advantage of this opportunity. "Traveling in 
Costa Rica was interesting because each student 
lives with a Costa Rican host family. It's 
already a bit awkward to live \\ ith people you 
don't know but to not speak the same language 
only amplifies the situation," Whitworth said. 
"I was really worried about my host family, but 
they were wonderful and 1 feel like I learned 
so much more about the language and culture 
because I had the opportunity to live and be a 
part of a Costa Rican family." 

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While riding horses, zip-lining through the 
rain forest and daily living the Costa Rican 
lifestyle, students learned what it means to live 
by the Costa Rican term 
"Pura Vida." 

■"Pura Vida* means "pure life." which 
represents the relaxed Costa Rican mindset," 
Whitworth said. "They take life as it comes and 
try to make the best of every situation rather 
than become stressed when things don't go their 
way. Being back in the United States. I'm trying 
to apply 'Pura Vida' to my everyday life." 

Also, many students go to Kenya for their 
studies. Senior business administration major 
Brian Cook said he had an amazing and 
unforgettable experience on his 
19-day safari. 

"I won't ever forget waking up in my tent 
well before the sun came up to the sound of 
crazy monkeys jumping from tree branches 
onto our tent. On several occasions. I went 
outside to see what was going on and make 
them stop but they wouldn't listen to me." Cook 

Similar to students who travel to other 
cities around the world. Cook learned how 
remarkably different the American culture is 
from the Kenyan culture. 

He said, "The Kenyans' way of life is more 
primitive and slow paced than the Americans. 
Going to Kenya was almost like going back in 
time." Cook also spent a semester in London. 
Among all the many places to study around the 
world. London continues to be one of the most 
popular destinations. During their time studv ing 

in London, students resided in Samford's very 
own Daniel House. 

"Some of my most memorable experiences 
were living in the Daniel House with 21 friends. 
You could walk out the front door and within 
minutes be in the heart 
of London." 

Although people in London speak English, 
senior education major Suzanne Mattox said 
she had a very different challenge in front of 
her as she studied in London during Jan Term. 
"Learning British sign language from my new 
deaf friends who live in London was such a 
memorable experience. British Sign Language 
is completely different from American Sign 
Language, so that was a challenge 1 had to 
overcome," Mattox said. 

After senior English major James King's 
trip to London and throughout Europe, he said. 
"I learned the importance of accepting the 
unexpected. It was best to have a loose plan and 
be open to trying something new when a fun 
opportunity presented itself." 

Students who choose to take their education 
overseas received not only college credit from 
their experiences but also gained a newfound 
appreciation for other cultures of the world. 

Seneca would be pleased. ♦ 

Far left: Abbey Woodruff, Emily 
Woodard, Emily Whitworth and 
Abbey Michael ai Conversa, 
Costa Rica. 

Above left: Erin Stuart. Abby 
Thomas, Amanda Spikes, Kelly 
Leavitt. Susan Crawford and 
Anna Swindle on a Thames 
River Cruise with Big Ben 
behind them. 

Above right: Brian Cook, in 
foreground, mi a safari in 

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by Sara Beth Terry 

Just as the leaves turned their autumnal 
shades and the fall's first chill arrived, 
so did the inaugural play of the school 
year, William Nicholson's Shadowlands. 
Shadowlands is the well-known play based 
on a painful period in the life of renowned 
writer C.S. Lewis. It opened on Thursday 
night Oct. 6 and ran until Sunday Oct. 9. 

With every seat 
in the house filled, 
the audience 
collectively experienced 
the emotion felt by the 
protagonist, played by 
sophomore theatre 
major Matt Godfrey, and 
his struggle with the loss of a loved one 

"The Christian circle seems to really 
put Lewis up on a pedestal, as if he 
was something more than a man. The 

main thing I got out of this show was 
the humanity of him," Godfrey said. 
" Shadowlands focused on the darker 
thoughts he had toward the end of his life, 
and how he really was just a human who 
struggled with emotions just like we do." 

Together, the spectators and Lewis, also 
known as Jack, tried to understand why God 
permits suffering, 
the purpose of bad 
things happening 
to good people 
and the reason for 
the repetition of 
painful events. 
While portraving 
such a popular icon, Godfrey learned from 
his experience. "Playing a character like 
C.S. Lewis was amazing, and amazingly 
difficult, given his popularity and the fact 

"Playing a character like 
C.S. Lewis was amazing, 
and amazingly difficult..." 










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that he was a real person," Godfrey said. "It 
was a great challenge playing him because 
so many people have already decided what 
to think about him and his life, and I think 
this play does not show the cliche view of 
Lewis I have heard discussed." 

Sophomore theatre major Natalie Saxon 
also learned from her role as Lewis' wife, 
Joy Gresham. 

"From playing Joy, I learned how 
important it is to appreciate every moment. 
Even though she had bone cancer, she 
described those times of sickness as the 
happiest she had ever been," Saxon said. 
"She took the good with the bad and 
appreciated life for what it had to offer, and 
did not toil over the pain she experienced." 

With its witty and charming banter, 
families enjoyed the show together as 
Samford hosted its annual Family Weekend. 
"Seeing Shadowlands with my parents was 
fun because it was something on campus 
my parents and I could enjoy together," 
freshman Leah Shell said. "Seeing it with 
them made the show more meaningful 
since it was about love and family." 

Although the story was heart-felt and 
humorous, it was also thought-provoking 
and challenging. 

The audience was dared to use their 
imagination to relate to Lewis' enchanting 
The Magician's Nephew as well as digest 
Lewis' deep theoretical questions he asks in 
his book The Problem with Pain. 

"My two favorite parts of the show were 
when foy's son, Douglas, pulled the apple 
off the tree and when he walked through 
the 'lion doors,'" junior Rachel Roll said. 
"The interpretation of Shadowlands was valid 
to me, along with the audience. We were 
all really captivated by the production." 

Taking a closer look at the warm wood 
set, many found slight hints from The 
Chronicles of Narnia, such as the head 
of Asian painted in a part of Lewis' study. 
This allowed the audience to use their 
imagination and feel comfortable within the 
realms of this fictional world. 

"Many members of the cast and crew 
contributed to working on the show. Each 
worked diligently, whether constructing 
the actual set, acting, or being behind the 
scenes, all came together to produce an 
unforgettable show," said freshman Haley 
Heckman, who was a part of the property 
run crew. 

As four different audiences appeared 
each night, whether sitting with a family 
member, friend or by themselves, each 
person explored within them the "shadows" 
in their own life and left resonated with 
the statement by the wise and prudent 
C.S. Lewis that "God whispers to us in our 
pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, 
but shouts in our pain." ♦ 

Above: Kurds Donnell) and 

Rush Bnmson gather around 
as Natalie Saxon and Mall 
Godfrey marry despite tailing 

Left: Natalie Saxon and 
Matt Godfrey share a private 
moment on stage as Joy 
Gresham and C.S. Lewis. 

Below: John Cooley; Neal 
Tucker and Matt Godfrey 
debate the meaning of prayer. 

Aspire ♦ Entre Nous 2006 45 

The Magic of 

the Mikado 

Bv Sara Beth Tern 7 

A comedic cast, a talented orchestra, 
elaborate costumes and an exotic theme all 
intertwined as students produced Gilbert 
and Sullivan's most popular operetta, 
the Mikado. 

Mikado is a romantic drama with a British 
take on Japanese culture. At the time the 
Mikado was written in 1884, London had 
been enthralled by the spread of 
Japanese culture. 

when Nanki-Poo is arranged to man*) 
an elderly lady, Katisha, and Yum-Yum is 
supposed to main her guardian, Ko-Ko. 
Hilarious shenanigans abound as both 
Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum try to circumvent 
their arranged marriages. 

The play was a different type of show 
for many of the cast members because it 
was unique in script, and the actors and 
actresses were forced to reevaluate their 

"All Gilbert 

and suiiivan "There are just some shows that 

operettas - in 

lampoon force you to grow both as a person 
some aspects anc | as a performer." 

of British n 

culture," director G William Bugg said. 
"What is being ridiculed here is not Japan 
or Japanese culture but rather London's 
insane fascination with it." 

The Mikado is about the son of the 
emperor of Japan, Nanki-Poo, played by 
junior Drew Pournelle, and his love for 
Yum-Yum, played by sophomore Erin 
Griffith. The conflict of the storv arises 

who played 
the role 
of Katisha said it was a great experience 
for her. "I learned more about this type of 
musical theatre," Holder said. "There are 
just some shows that force you to grow 7 both 
as a person and as a performer. Despite the 
fact that this was a completely ridiculous 
show, I learned so much more from this 
show 7 than from anything else in the past 
couple of years." 

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For freshman Murphy Maddox, playing 
a Japanese nobleman in the Mikadowas his 
debut at Samf'ord. "As a freshman, it was 
difficult to balance the Mikado with still 
getting oriented to Samford, but I'm so glad 
I did it," Murphy said. 

Junior Sarah Knapp, who played Peep 
Bo with junior Sarah Simmons, said each 
character brought great wit to the show 
because of each personality's idiosyncrasies. 
"Working with the cast was a blast. It was 
fun, even when we were there long nights 
running the same scene," Knapp said. "I 
learned so much from this show mainly 
because my part was double-cast. It was 
nice to get to see someone else play mv 
same role. It gives new perspective to how I 
interpreted the character." 

The orchestra was also an important 
aspect of the production. "Playing in the 
orchestra pit for the Mikado was a unique 
experience in that our goal was not to be 
the focal point of the production, but to 
complement the vocalists. In that respect, 
we had a little more pressure to make sure 
we stayed together, but we definitely had a 
lot of fun," freshman Rachael Emery said. 

The pit was a pivotal part of the show 
and provided an aspect that was necessary 
for the operetta to have. "I learned that 
the greatest talent requires help from 
another," junior chorus member Rod Evans 
said. "Whether it be a lighting or sound 
technician, someone in a leading role or a 
violin in the orchestra, these are only parts 
of a whole, and with each of these parts a 
great production can be made." ♦ 

Above left: The cast of 
Mikado singing the finale. 

Above: Erin Griffith. 
Drew Pournelle, Jeff 
Smith and Alex Maddox 
drinking tea while singing 
a madrigal. 

Left: John Huddlestun 
and Rush Brunson are 
conspiring against a 
proposed execution. 

Below: Drew Pournelle 
sings "A Wandering 
Minstrel I" with the 
men's chorus. 


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Through |_jf e 

by Emily Mullins 

The lights dim leaving the audience in 
anticipation. Silence engulfed the theater 
until a faint tap, snap, snap resounded from 
the stage. As the dancers tapped their shoes 
and snapped their fingers, they formed a 
rhythm for the rest of the concert. It was 
the rhythm of life. 

With lights beaming from the floor, bold 
color and dramatic themes, this dance 
production was neither traditional nor 
conventional, but then again, neither is 
life. Rites of Passage, Samford's fourth 
annual dance production, portrayed life as 
unpredictable through its many trials 
and triumphs. 

Director and senior music theatre major 
John Huddleston said his inspiration was 
life itself. "I wanted everyone to relate 
to what my dancers were going through 
emotionally," Huddleston said. "For 
this reason I decided to build a series of 
dances around common, daily experiences. 
Everyone has been influenced to some 
extent by love, death, religion, competition 
and friendship. This way, the audience 
hopefully thought, 'I know what that feels 
like,' instead of, 'My body doesn't do that.'" 

The audience moved throughout life's 
major themes including friendship, love, 
peer pressure and death in a personal way 
due to the theatre arrangement called 
"in the round." In this arrangement, the 
audience sits on the stage surrounding the 
dancers on three sides. "I wanted to create 
a dance production that was approachable 

by the audience," Huddleston said. "I feel 
like many times in dance productions the 
audience is alienated because they are on 
the outside of the proscenium while the 
dancers are safely tucked away inside of it." 

Many students said they felt connected 
to the show because of the theater 
arrangement as well as the familiar rites of 
passage. "It told a collective story that had to 
been seen and experienced. It was 
simply amazing to see," sophomore Katie 
Aldridge said. 

Senior biology major Tanya Humphries 
said she liked the show because of the 
creativity. "I thought it was very creatively 
done, for instance, the curtain in the 
middle of the stage during "Curiosity" so 
the audience could only see half of what 
was going on." 

At the start and finish of the show, the 
tap dancers displayed the competition 
throughout life dispersed between three tap 
groups. A friendly tap number became a 
fierce competition as they challenged each 

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eft: Catherine Holder, 
Harmonie Adams and 
Sarah Simmons begin an 
interpretation of friendship. 

other with the ferocity of their taps. For 
assist. tnt director and junior music theater 
major Sarah Simmons, choreographing the 
tap number was the highlight of the dance 
production. "This production enabled me 
to choreograph a tap number for over a 
dozen people, which is something I have 
always wanted to do," Simmons said. 
"I have dreamt about it. To have the 
opportunity to put steps into the feet of 
dancers was amazing." 

The participants also said they enjoyed 
working on the dance production. Dancer 
and junior interior design major Holly 
Morgan said, "I feel so fortunate to be a 
part of such a unique performance. It really 
strengthened my modern dance technique 
and helped me form a greater appreciation 
of it." 

At the end of the last show, Simmons said, 
"The dancers were such hard workers. Drive 
and passion is contagious. These qualities 
within the dancers spread, which made the 
show better."* 

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The Secret Garden 

by Sara Beth Terry 

As the lights dimmed, followed by the 
orchestra's first chords and the rising of 
the curtain, the audience was no longer in 
Harrison Theatre but inside a magical story 
book, The Secret Garden, written by Frances 
Hodgson Burnett. The play adaptation 
of this beloved classic was the spring 
performance for Samford's theatre students. 

The set and lighting took center stage 
as they helped the audience look through 
the eyes of orphan Mary Lennox, played by 
freshman music theatre major Lydia Myers. 

"Mary is a ten-year-old girl who is forced 
to live with her hunch-backed uncle after 
her parents die," Myers said. "She's a 
bit of a brat initially, but really makes a 
transformation to an energetic, curious, 
basically normal 10 year-old. I had a blast 
with this part. I was constantly on the move 
either jumping rope, stomping on people's 
feet or doing Indian dances. I've gained so 
much from this experience. I feel privileged 
to have been able to work along-side such 
amazing people to turn this childhood 
fantasy into a reality." 

The childhood story held many memories 
not only for the audience members but also 
the cast members. 

"I have loved this story for as long as I 
can remember," sophomore theatre major 
Barbara Cline, who played Colin Craven, 
said. "As a little girl I remember staying up 
late at night with my grandmother watching 
the movie. It has always been my favorite of 
mine. This opportunity to actually live out 
my childhood is a dream come true." 

Sophomore music major Samantha 
Chambers who played Lily, Archibald 
Craven's deceased wife, said, "Portraying 
everything simply through song, rather than 
through words was the biggest challenge 
I had. But the music in this show is so 
beautiful that once I was comfortable with 
the notes, this became a lot easier." 

Many of the actors were stretched to 
play different roles than they were used 
to. Senior vocal performance major Drew 
Pournelle played Mary's cranky hunchback 
uncle, Archibald. "I've never had such 
a serious role before. In fact, I've never 
really had a serious role at all," Pournelle 

said. "So, I had to work extra hard to 
get it down. Archibald is a very complex 
character, so I just tried to get in his brain 
and follow what I believed would be his 
different thought processes and actions." 

"Samford has a talented and 
well-run theatre department 
full of incredible people, and 
I'm so glad I got to be a smal 
part of it." 

The weekend performances went on 
without a hitch thanks to the cast and stage 
crew. "There are so many different aspects 
that go into putting on a show like The Secret 
Garden and so many people who serve in the 
show and aren't even seen by the audience," 
junior sports medicine major Robby Stone 
said. "Samford has a talented and well-run 
theatre program full of incredible people, 
and I'm so glad I got to be a small part of it." 

Sophomore voice major Bobby Smith 
played the lively garden boy, Dickon. "In my 
role I had to basically be excited about life. 

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Fax It-It: Colin Barbara 
Cline), Archibald Drew 
Pournelle) and Mary (Lydia 
Myers) become one happy 
family .u the conclusion of 
the play 

ft: Archibald expresses 
his lose lor his deceased wife 
Samantha Chamers with 

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I had the awesome power to inspire others. 
Seven shows was a large undertaking, 
but the awesome cast and crew made it 
happen. With that chemistry, it was easv to 
perform night after night," Smith said. 

The stage crew was also a significant part 
of the show. "Participating in The Secret 
Garden was a lot of fun. I was in charge of 
putting the microphones on the actors as 
well as moving scenery for set changes for 
'Stage Left'. Overall the experience was 
fun, worthwhile and always entertaining," 
freshman communication studies major 
Lindsev Petrone said. 

Director and senior theatre major Kurds 
Donnelh offered some insight on the show- 
in his director's note. "This production is 
a culmination of four years of late nights, 
dropped lines, missed classes, laughter and 
tears. Even more than that, this show is my 
final opportunity to instill the captivating 
power of theatre in all of you." ♦ 

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v. Shedding light on world events and issues 

involving Samford students 

54 Year in Review 

56 A Fall Break to Remember 

58 A Legacy to Remember 

60 Construction Begins 

62 The Best of Both Worlds 

64 Brooms Are Not Just For Witches Anymore 

66 Popping the Samford Bubble 

68 Turning the View Around 

70 Caught Red-Handed 

72 White Buds are Blooming 

Reveal ♦ Entre Nous 2006 53 

by Courtney Keene 


9 Space Shuttle Discovery returned home 
after 14 days in space. 

14 Israel began its withdrawl from the Gaza 
strip, after occupying it for 38 years. 
29 Katrina, one of the most powerful 
hurricanes to hit the northern Gulf Coast 
in half a century took numerous lives and 
homes, leaving New Orleans with no power, 
no drinking water, dwindling food supplies, 
widespread looting and fires. 


3 Supreme Court Chief Justice William 

Rehnquist died from cancer at age 80. 

6 California legalized same-sex marriages. 

23 Hurricane Rita hit East Texas and 

Western Louisiana, leaving thousands of 

people without homes. 

29 John Roberts sworn in as Chief Justice of 

the Supreme Court. 

- Average gas prices in the U.S. topped off 

at about three dollars per gallon. 


8 An earthquake in Pakistan, Afganistan 
and North India killed an estimated 80,000 
people, injured 70,000 and left more than 
3 million homeless and without food and 
basic supplies. 

24 Rosa Parks, civil rights pioneer, died 
at 92 years old. Parks helped ignite 
the American civil rights movement in 
December 1955, when she refused to give 
up her seat to a white man on an Alabama, 

26 White Sox's first World Series win in 88 

27 Twenty nights of rioting in Paris began, 
where one person was killed and 1 26 police 
and fire personnel were injured. Nearly 
9.000 cars and at least two buildings were 
sel on fire during the riots with about $200 
million in propertv damages. 

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8 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf won the Liberian 
presidential election, becoming Africa's first 
woman president. 

9 Suicide bombers killed 57 people and 
injured almost 100 more during attacks 
on three hotels in Amman, Jordan. Iraq's 
al-Qaida took responsibility for the attacks, 
saving thai the) were retaliating for Jordan's 
support of the United States and other 
Western nations. 


15 About 1 1 million Iraqis were present to 
vote for their first permanent Parliament 
since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. 
- The Avian flu pandemic began to cause 
concern worldwide as it had already claimed 
35 lives in Asia. 


31 Samuel Alito was sworn in as a U.S. 
Supreme Court Justice replacing Sandra 
Day O'Connor. 

- U.S. oil company ExxonMobil reported 
that it earned $36.1 billion in 2005, which is 
a record amount in corporate history. 

















11 Nice President Dick Cheney accidentally 
shot and wounded a < ampaign contributor 
during a weekend quail hunt on a friend's 
South Texas ran< h. 

- Thousands <>l Muslims ac the Middle 
Fast. Asia and Africa protested cartoons of 
Muhammad from Denmark because the 
Islamic religion prohibits any depictions of 


8 Three Birmingham Southern College 
students weie arrested and charged in 
connection with a string of Alabama chinch 
fires were explained as a joke thai "got 
out ol hand. 

- ControverS) heated up oxer U.S. 
immigration, as ( longress attempted to 
address the' growing problems. 


18 Two Duke University lacrosse players 
were arrested and charged with rape and 
kidnapping in a case involving a woman 
who accused three team members of 
at lac king her at a party in March. 
20 White House press secretary, Scott 
Mc ( lellan. resigned and the House 
Majorit) leader, Tom Delay, also gave up his 
congressional seat. 




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r-JFall Break'? 


by Cacky Catlett 

friends Laura and Ken Branch. "The 
Branch's home was completely gutted. 
Their possessions had been pushed out of 
the house and most of their stuff was in the 
backyard," Ratchford said. "It was hard to 
even see the grass." 

The team took on the task of cleaning 
up the Branch's backyard and carrying the 
water-damaged items to the street for the 
city to pick up. 

Ratchford said, "When we were picking 
np the stuff in their yard, it was as if I 
was walking on their lives. Their stuff 
was scattered everywhere. I saw wedding 
pictures and their kids' clothes. It was hard 
not to cry." 

The Branch family 
had been working on 
renovations of the 
house that included 

they had hope for the future." the installation of 

"They were joyful despite 
their loss and it was obvious 

"Twas grace that brought me to this place 
and grace shall lead me home." 

Amongst the rubble and debris, senior 
education major Brooke Ratchford found 
these words in front of what used to be 
someone's beachfront home in 
Pascagoula, Mississippi. 

When hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf 
coast in late August of 2005, it became 
the most destructive and costly natural 
disaster in the history of the United States. 
According to Wikipedia encyclopedia, 
this powerful storm tore through Florida, 
Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, leaving 
behind close to $75 billion in damage. 

In an effort to aid those in the devastated 
areas, Student 
arranged a 
student relief 
trip. A total of 
180 students 

signed up to spend their fall breaks working 
in cities across the Gulf Coast. 

Ratchford was one of 12 students who 
traveled to Pascagoula for the trip. For her, 
it was an experience far beyond 
physical labor. 

"It was very eye-opening to me. I was 
reminded of how unimportant material 
things are and how much relationships 
really matter," Ratchford said. 

Under the leadership of special education 
professor Dr. David Finn, the students 
worked on four different homes and kept 
busy by cleaning up debris, ripping out 
ceiling tiles and putting in new insulation. 

"They had such incredible teamwork. 
No one questioned what to do," Finn said. 
"They just found work and got it done." 

The student team spent one of their 
workdays at the home of Finn's good 

new flooring and 
an addition of 1 ,000 square feet. Before 
the storm hit, they were just days away from 
completing the improvements they had 
made. They returned to find all of their 
possessions stripped out of their house, 
leaving merely walls and a roof. 

"I remember seeing Laura and Ken and 
thinking there's no way this is the couple 
who lost so much. There was nothing left in 
their house and yet they had smiles on their 
faces. I can only hope that I would have the 
same kind of attitude after something so 
devastating," Ratchford said. 

Despite their loss, many of the residents 
throughout the community seemed to have 
a positive outlook. 

"Some of the people we met there were 
left with nothing and yet it seemed like they 
had everything. They were so joyful despite 
their loss and it was obvious they had hope 

for the future," Ratchford said. 

One of the most shocking experiences 
Ratchford recalls was when the team drove 
to see the beachfront homes. 

"When we got to the beach I couldn't 
believe what I was seeing. It was so weird 
to see that these homes left in scraps. They 
were just bricks King on the ground. We 
saw clothes in trees, pictures all over the 
ground, prettv much anything you could 
think of being in a house was somewhere on 
the ground," Ratchford said. 

And even in the area that suffered the 
most devastation, there was a sense of hope. 
Ratchford said. "One sign we read that was 
sitting in front of what is now simply rubble 
said, 'Don't let Katrina steal your joy.' And 
that's exacdv how the people of Pascagoula 
are living, joyfully." ♦ 

56 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Reveal 

Left: A Pascagoula church 
destroyed by Hurricane 

Direcdy below: A Samford 
student removes molded tile. 

Below: With dust mask, 
boots and gloves, the group 
in Pascagoula prepare to 
clean houses. 

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a Legacy,. 


In addition to assisting the foundation 
of a new university in China, conducting 
an accreditation report for an out-of-state 
university, responding to at least four 
different correspondences and dealing with 
the formation of a new tax policy directly 
affecting Samford, Samford President Dr. 
Thomas E. Com found time to sit down and 
talk to the staff of Entre Nous. 

It's not just the students writing trihute 
articles that Corts took the time to see. All 
Samford students were important to him. 
"Mv rule is that if somebody wants to see me, 
I try to see them," Corts said. 

Most students know of the enormous 
structural and enrollment growth Samford 
has experienced since Corts has been 
in office. Since 1983 when he first took 
Samford's reigns, the university has seen 
the addition of the Daniel House, women's 
athletics, football, Beeson Woods, the 
I haling Arts Center, Beeson Divinity School 
and the Sciencenter, to name a few. As 
beneficial as these expansions have been, 
Corts was quick to point out other, less- 
known additions of which he was 
quite pleased. 

"I didn't necessarily aspire to be larger, 
but stronger, both academically and 
financially," Corts said. Corts not only left 
Samford with new structures, but also with 
new programs including Journalism and 
Mass Communication. Classics, Philosophy 
and Connections. In his administration, 
he also strengthened Samford financially 
by helping to negotiate the terms of several 
financial endowments, among them are 
those left bv the Beeson family. 

However, Corts did not use his upcoming 
retirement as an excuse to slow down. 
He spent even last moment here at 
Samford helping the university become a 
better place. Ev idence of this was heard 

throughout the campus as construction 
crews built a new parking deck, a recital hall 
and a sports arena and fitness center. 

What will Corts do next? Even he was 
not quite sure yet. He did know one thing 
for sure, however. "I don't want to live by 
a schedule. I kind of want to take a sort 
of self-imposed sabbatical," he said. While 
he did voice his desire to, at some point, 
write about some of his more memorable 
experiences here, such as negotiations with 
Mr. Beeson regarding his endowments, only 
time will tell. No matter what he will do, 
Corts was quick to point out how much he 
will miss Samford. "I love everything about 
mvjob," he said when asked to describe his 
favorite aspect, "I just enjoy what I do and 
have gotten a lot of satisfaction out of it." 

Still, Corts couldn't help confiding 
that "the most fun part, by far, are the 
students." While he admitted the office of 
President has had its fair share of trials and 
tribulations, Corts believed the positives 
far outweighed any negatives. "I've never 
dreaded coming to the office," he said, "I've 
always felt that the cause is worth it and that 
somebody's got to do this." 

Although he was somewhat unsure of 
his own future, Corts had no doubts about 
Samford's. "There's a lot of real possibility 
and potentiality in Samford," he said. "I 
waul | my successor] to be more successful, 
to raise more money, to come up with better 
and stronger ideas, to make this place 
,i better and even stronger institution." 
Corts' ultimate hope for Samford University 
was "that the university will just become 
better and stronger, academically and 
financially. And, if that can happen, then I 
will have spent mv time in the best possible 
way, running my lap of the race. If someone 
can build on that and make it much finer, 
then I'll be very happy." 

by Meredith Henry 

Although Corts no longer works at 
Samford University, don't expect him to 
stop supporting our institution. When 
asked to sell Samford to a prospective 
student or supporter in thirty seconds, he 
didn't even have to stop and think. "I'd tell 
them that we draw very special students, 
very good students, not just academically 
but character-wise. We get good, solid 
American kids, primarily from the 
Southeast. We have an excellent faculty, we 
provide a good, solid education, and we're 
working to try and build an experience for 
the students — not just a place to accumulate 
credits and get a transcript, but a place to 
provide a genuine experience that touches 
all facets of life." 

Dr. Corts has touched Samford University 
and all the students, faculty, and staff 
during his time as President. So, from 
all of us, "Thank you, Dr. Corts. You will 
be missed." ♦ 

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Right: Construction starts 
on the new recital hall be- 
hind the music building. 

Left: The construction in 
front of the Law Library. 

Construction Begins 

Laying the groundwork for a brighter future ^ 

by Ann Shivers 

Roaring bulldozers and pounding hammers 
were sounds that became just as common as 
the rushed voices of students walking to class 
or cars passing in the street. Over the summer, 
construction on new facilities and improvements 
on existing structures began that would take 
several years to complete. 

Several decisions made by university 
administrators to delay some construction 
projects and move forward with others affected 
students. The brothers Pi Kappa Phi no longer 
face giving up their house next summer because 
of a decision to postpone building the West 
Campus Residence Hall across from Ramsey. 
The site will became a parking lot again, and 
the Pi Kapps were able keep their house until 
construction plans moved forward again. 
"We're expecting to be in our house another 
year." said junior history major Taylor Clement. 

"The reason we are not proceeding with 
construction on the new residence hall is 
primarily a timing issue," said Vice-President 
lor Business Affairs Bill Mathews. Mathews 
explained that the Samford administration 
recommended that a residence hall be built 
on the parking lot site across from Ramsey 

Hall provided that the residence hall could 
be completed in time to house students for 
fall 2006. "From the start we knew that we 
would have to use the construction plans for 
an existing building, with some modifications, 
if we were to complete the building in time," 
lie said. "Upon further stud) we realized that 
any existing construction plans would not make 
the best use of the land, and it would take 
too long to draw up new construction plans 
with a new building design and new interior 
configuration." Mathews said that because 
the building t ould not be completed in time 
in house students for fall 2006, "there is no 
reason to rush construction at this time." He 
explained that the administration still intends 
to add a new residence and will use the delay as 
.in oppoi 1 1 ii lit \ in consider other sites. While 
pi, ins lor the new resident e li.ill were put on 
hold, construction for lite new arena began 
in January. As a result of construction del.i\ s, 
the arena, which was iniiialk si heduled for 
completion in time for the graduation ceremony 
in May 2007, will most likely not be completed 
l>\ thai lime, ai ( ording to Vi< e-President lor 
Facilities. Don Mott. 

"The arena is a large, complex structure 
expected to require at least 1 8 months for 
construction, and construction projects seldom 
finish early," Mott said. 

"Unforeseen yet necessary changes 
often lengthen the time required for 
construction. Hence, large projects often 
require longer construction periods than 
planned." Despite the changes on campus, 
Clement expressed his hope that students would 
be excited about the changes. 

"The university needs to grow, and we need 
to grow with it," Clement said. "Samford 
has experienced so many great changes over 
the years, and it is the students who benefit 
from these changes. Whether we get to 
experience all the end results or not, let's have 
a positive attitude and be ready to enjoy the 
improvements," he said. "The university will be 
so much better 
for it." ♦ 











60 Entrc Nous 20liii ♦ Reveal 


9 *"^fe 



Emily Vernon, Sarah 
Dockrey and Ashley 
McCleery discuss a 
spread at one of their 
Entre Nous meetings. 

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Best of Both 

The old saying goes "A picture is worth 
a thousand words." In reply to the adage, 
photography editor and senior graphic 
design major Nick Holdbrooks said, "This 
yearbook is about a thousand pictures." 

Starting this year, F.ntre Nous is not like 
any other yearbooks Samford has seen 
because it's saturated with both pictures and 
journalistic articles. "This year's yearbook 
is both a yearbook and magazine," editor 
of Entre Nous and junior journalism major 
Ashley McCleerv said. 

In the 1970s and 1980s, Samford's 
yearbook was tilled mainly with pictures 
and little text, which was a more traditional 
approach. However, in 1992 Entre Nous 
changed into a magazine consisting of 
articles and photographs. Since it was on a 
smaller publishing scale, the magazine in- 
cluded fewer pages to detail all the organiza- 
tions and events that happened throughout 
the school year. "When it was a magazine, I 
don't think everyone knew it was supposed 
to be our yearbook, " assistant editor and 
junior journalism and psychology major Em- 
ily Vernon said. "The magazine was great, 
but I don't think people really viewed it as 
our yearbook." 

Senior nursing major Holly Buchanan 
agreed with Vernon, "I did not consider En- 
tre Nous as a yearbook. I would read some 
of the articles, but a yearbook, to me, allows 
me to look at pictures of those who were at 
Samford with me." 

I lowever, senior athletic trainer Lucy 
Hare said she believed Entre Nous has 
provided a great overall impression of the 
school year in the past. Now, she said she's 
curious about this year's changes. "I saw it 
as just another publication, so I am excited 
to see the changes." 

Amid excitement about the new changes 
came dedication and hard work from the 
staff. "Changing from a magazine to a 
yearbook was extremely difficult because 
the yearbook is three times the size of the 
magazine, so it's more work," art director 
and senior graphic design major Sarah 
Dockrey said. McCleerv agreed that it was 
a lot more work than she bargained for. "I 
had no idea what I was getting into, but it 
has been worth it," McCleery said. Despite 
the increase in dme and work, Dockrev also 
thought the change was beneficial. "It's an 
accurate snapshot of what Samford students 
experience," Dockrey said. 

( Overall, Mc( Heery said she was extremely 
excited about being involved with Entre 
Nous this year and was even more ecstatic 
that students were looking forward to the 
release of the new yearbook that crossed 
journalism and photography. "Students be- 
ing excited makes me excited," 
McCleerv said. ♦ 


The editorial [directly 
below and design staff 
beL >\\ of Entre Nous 
2005-2006 put in many 
hours to serve the student 

body .u Samford. 

by Kim Hobbs 

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(icolVivy Douglas. JolV Smit'- 
andjolm Coolt-v trying to. 
ciiuh the prized snitch in an .,; 
■"■''■ * 'janii' ol' Quiddiuh. 

Fax righr.JcIV Smith scoring a 
<>oal against Goollivv Dong- 

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are Not Just for 


"It all began one day in the caf. I believe it was 
a Wednesday. Yes, definitely a Wednesday, " 
Donnelly said. 


by Whitney Farmer 

It's hard to mi in the small office in 
Harrison Theater and listen to grown 
college seniors seriously use words like 
I [ufflepuff and Quaffle and not laugh. In 
fa< t. it's close to impossible. But senior 
theater majors David Coley and Kurds 
Donnelly don't mind. The co-founders 
of Samford's own Society of American 
Lawn Quidditch don't take themselves too 
seriousl) as they describe the birth of one 
of the only known versions of the official 
Hogwarts sport in Harry Potter. 

"It all began one day in the caf. I 
believe it was a Wednesday Yes. definitely a 
Wednesday," Donnelly began dramatically. 

( >n that fateful Wednesday Donnelly and 
Cole) randomly discussed how entertaining 
it would be t<> pla\ Quidditch. Then the 
idea hit them. Thev could. Only, they'd 
have to do ii Muggle-style. In the Harry 
Potter series, the word muggle is used to 
describe non-magical hum. ins. 

"Once we got past the novelt) of the idea. 
we wanted to get to the core of each part," 
Coley said. "We worked out everything from 
the different types of balls to the function of 
each player." Not only did they familiarize 
themselves with the game, they released the 
official rules and Muggle-addenda for "non- 
flying" players. They even standardized 
length of the broomsticks must be 
between each player's legs. 

Back in September, when the games 
commenced, they organized an official 
"Sot ting ( leremony," reminicscent of the 
scene in Harry Potter in which students are 
placed in their respective school houses 
b\ a magical hat. During the first game, 
players showed up and captains were chosen 
from a hat. magic-lessness notwithstanding. 
The captains selected team members, and 

the Society of American Lawn Quidditch 
was officially born. Since then, Samford's 
Quidditch popularity spread beyond the 
theater department and included a variety 
of students from different majors. 

The growing crowd illustrated their 
devotion towards the sport. "We 
occasionally have to re-schedule games, 
but we've never cancelled one," Coley said. 
"We've played games in pouring rain and 
freezing temperatures. The rain game rough." 

This level of commitment is indicative 
of Coley and Donnelly's devotion to 
their concept. Thev put a lot of effort 
into working out the kinks and changing 
concepts that don't work in the real world. 

"We treat it like a real sport as much as 
possible," Coley said. "Before the games, 
everyone lines up with their brooms and 
we play the national anthem." For all the 
naysayers who don't believe that Lawn 
Quidditch is a sport, Donnelly and Coley 
caution that games often get rough. 

"It's a very contact sport. You can check 
people." Coley said. "There have been 
(hipped teeth or broomsticks to the eye. I 
almost broke m\ nose." 

"In our version, the Bludgers have a bat 
to knock the ball around," Donnelly added. 
"There's always the event where the person 
with the bal can '40 awry. People get 
prettv heated." 

For those people, there's a penalty box. 
Senior theater major Geoffrey Douglass, 
who has been a part of Quidditch since the 
beginning, can testify to the passion of the 
game that makes the box necessary. 

"I've been sent to the penalty box," 
Douglas admitted. "It was lor pushing 
someone from behind and then foi yelling 

at the ref for sending me to the penalty box 
for pushing someone from behind." 

Douglas said that his involvement from 
the start has allowed him to see tin- 
game's progress. 

"It's actually working out really well," 
Douglas said. "There used to be a lot of 
confusion, but we've nailed everything 
down and it's better." Since the group could 
not convince Campus Recreation that their 
blood, sweat and tears during Quidditch was 
worthy of being an official intramural team, 
Coley and Donnelly funded the endeavor 
themselves. "We're broke because of it," 
Donnelly said. "But, hey, we invented 
a sport." 

Quidditch brought a new form of 
recreation to Samford's campus, which 
piqued the interest of main students. 

"People- come out for the novelty and to 
see- what it's about." Coley said. "But they 
stay because it's just a really fun time." 

Reflecting on the game, Donnelly said, 
"It's magical." ♦ 

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66 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Revea 







lfOrd Bubble by Courtney Keen 

the Samford 

1 \v\ how art- you? Good. You? Good. 
Good. I'm good. You're good. The food's 
good. The show was good. Life's just good. 

You probably heard this retrain repeated 
over and over by various students greeting 
each other on the sidewalks. But behind 
these mechanical answers, things aren't 
always what they seem. Many Samford 
students have suffered through challenging 
circumstances in order to be able to wear a 
smile on their faces, and these are just two 
of their stories. 

Ann* became a victim of sexual abuse 
her sophomore year and had to make the 
difficult decision of whether or not to stay at 
Samford or go to home for a while in order 
to recover. "I wondered what would happen 
if I packed up my car and left without telling 
anyone where I was going," she said. "I felt 
like I just needed to disappear." 

Ultimately, she decided to stay and try 
to tough it out. Unfortunately, things 
onlv got worse as depression began to 
overwhelm her. Day after day she witnessed 
the seemingly easy lives of her friends and 
family, and soon Ann started to feel angrv 
d\\d as though no one could understand 
what she was dealing with. 

"This was the kind of thing no one 
discussed. As Ear as 1 was concerned, I was 
the only student on Samford 's campus 
who had suffered through this kind of 
experience," Ann said. 

Soon, Ann's grades began to suffer as 
she could barely find the strength to get 
out of bed even' morning. She questioned 
wh\ God would let something so horrible 
happen to her. Aren't His children 
supposed to be spared from such evils in 
this world? 

When it was time to go home for 
Christmas. Ann thought that she could hide 
her problems from her parents, but thev 
immediately knew something was wrong. As 
she braced herself to tell her mother what 
had happened, she expected the worst. 

"I closed my eyes. I hesitated before 
speaking. I knew my words would break her 
heart," she said. However, the reaction from 
Ann's mother turned out to be a weight off 
of her shoulders. "Instead of being angry 
with me like I thought she would, she gave 
me a big hug and cried with me and for me," 
Ann said. "This was the first step in healing." 

The road to recovery proved to be long 
and hard, but finally revealing her secret to 
her mother allowed Ann to begin regaining 
her life. She also discovered important traits 
about herself and God. "The hardest lesson 
to learn was that God uses horrible life 
experiences to teach lessons that are hard to 
learn," Ann said. "You think that God works 
against you, but in reality, that's not the case." 

Ann does not pretend to have everything 
under control, but going through such 
a tough time in her life has made her a 
stronger person, and for that she is thankful. 
"It has been a difficult path to follow and I 
still have a long way to go, but I know God is 
there to help me every step of the way." 

John* has always been overachiever. 
He enjoyed being involved in everything 
that he could and even held various 
leadership positions. However, he was 
also good at worrying about everything. 
At the beginning of his senior year his 
commitments, coupled with 18 hours of 
classes and graduate school exams became 
too much for him to handle. 

"I just felt like I was in a tiny box being 
suffocated, and that I could see all this 
wonderful stuff out there but did not know- 
how to get out of the box to enjoy it," John 
said. "It was the most frustrating thing that 
has ever happened to me." 

Soon his relationships began to suffer as 
well because some of his friends had a hard 
time understanding what John was 
going through. 

"I felt like such a bad friend," he said. "I 
was not neglecting my friends purposely, 
I just had so many things on im plate that 

hanging out with them was the last thing 
on my list." Fortunately, several of John's 
close friends stuck by him and soon became 
worried after he experienced several 
panic attacks. 

"My heart would start racing. I would get 
short of breath. I would get lightheaded. I 
got really scared," John said. Soon after, he 
realized he needed to consult a doctor. 
John was diagnosed with high anxiety 
levels and mild depression, so the doctor 
prescribed a low dose of anti-depressants 
for him to take daily. It wasn't an instant 
fix, but after working at it for a few months, 
John has begun to enjoy things like he used 
to. In retrospect, he says he believes his 
situation has made him a stronger person. 

"The medication has helped, but most 
importantly, prayer and trusting Christ have 
been the foundation of my strength and 
understanding," he said. 

John also gave credit to his friends for 
their support dining and believes that it's 
important for students to realize that it's 
okay if their lives don't always fit the mold. 

"Students here deal with the same 
amount of problems, if not more, than 
others," he said. "But because there is a 
stereotype that Samford students have it 
all together and that everything is great, 
additional stress arises to try to make it 
appear as if everyone has it together." 

Although Ann and John experienced 
some situations that they would not have 
chosen, they said they are stronger, wiser 
and more compassionate because of 
these experiences. 

Two Samford students decided to break 
their silence in order to give hope to others. 
They want people to know that even though 
life is not always "good," it is most certainly 
worth the fight. 

In John's words, "No one is immune to 
life's struggles, no matter what school they 
attend, what social class they come from or 
what their religious beliefs might be." ♦ 

* Names have been changed. 

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by Emily Vernon 

Attend Convo or sit in a religion class 
for about an hour and you only begin to 
scratch the surface of what it means to be 
a Christian on Samford's campus. There's 
more to it than just a belief. 

Christianity means different things 
to different people and is interpreted 
in multiple ways. "Christianity is about 
substance. It's more than a word," Amanda 
Williams, sophomore Biology major said. 
"It's a journey or a race that you are trying 
to finish." 

For many students, Samford was their 
college of choice because of its Christian 
heritage and the reputation that it has. 
"I went to Florida State for my undergrad 
program and I can definitely see the 
difference between the two schools," Sarah 
Brooks, first year Pharmacy student, said. 
"The environment is more nurturing and 
the professors really care." 

( boosing a school like Samford was not 
a decision taken lightly by main students. 
Foi Williams prayer played a major role in 
hei de< ision lo < ome i<> s.unloicl. "1 wanted 

something where I felt like Christianity was 
real. I wanted to be in a place where faith 
was something that was practiced and not 
just talked about," Williams said. "As soon 
as I drove through the gates, I knew God 
had answered my prayers. I knew this was 
where I wanted to be." 

As a Christian institution, Samford 
provided ample opportunity for students to 
incorporate faith into the learning process 
this year. By asking questions and exploring 
attitudes, students discovered the way their 
faith affected the way they viewed the world 
around them. "You really have to think 
about what you believe in," junior Stevanie 
Chestnut said. 

Outside of the classroom students 
freely expressed their faith in a variety of 
ways. Each week students from Samford, 
University of Alabama at Birmingham and 
Birmingham Southern gathered together 
on Wednesday evening at Mountain Brook 
Community Church to participate in 
University Christian Fellowship. At UCF 
students sang praises and listened to a 

spiritual message while studving the Bible. 
UCF allowed students to take a break from 
busy schedules and homework and gather 
together in fellowship. 

Convocation provided another outlet 
for students to learn about faith. Bv 
listening to various guest speakers at Convo, 
students were able to hear and see how 
God impacted the lives of many people. 
Students also learned about different 
mission projects both locally and across 
the globe. 

"The community here at Samford has 
been a good environment that has helped 
me to grow in my faith," first year pharmacy 
student Rachelle Strickland said. 

Throughout the year students embraced 
faith in and out of the classroom whether 
it involved praying in the caf before a meal 
or sharing opinions in a small Bible study 
group. Students consistently found new 
ways to challenge themselves and grow in 
faith, "fhi' race of faith is hard to finish, 
but God's grace gives us the ability to do so," 
Williams said. ♦ 

Turning the View Around 

(iS Entic Nuns L'lllth ♦ Reveal 


by Meredith Henry 

For much of Feb. and March, Alabama was 
the focus of national media attention as a string 
of church arsons erupted. By the time the 
smoke cleared, five churches were destroyed, 
four were damaged and three Birmingham 
college students were arrested. 

Ben Moseley, Russell DeBusk, both 19, 
and Matthew Lee Cloyd. 20, admitted to being 
involved with the arsons. They were connected 
to nine fires set in rural areas of counties 
southwest of Alabama. However, there was no 
evidence to link them to a 10th fire set on Feb. 

In the beginning, authorities feared that these 
arsons might be expressions of anti-religious 
or racial tensions. However, no evidence 
supported this claim. Of the nine churches the 
students vandalized — five in Bibb county on 
Feb. 3 and four in Greene, Sumter, and Pickens 
counties on Feb. 7 — five had predominately 
black congregations while four were comprised 
predominately of white members. 

In addition, Moseley and DeBusk both 
attended Birmingham-Southern College, an 
institution affiliated with the United Methodist 
Church. Alabama Governor Bob Riley said 
"There is not any type of conspiracy against 
organized religion or against the Baptists or 

A firefighter sprays water 
on hot spots of a fire that 
destroyed Pleasant Sabine 
Baptist Church, Friday, Feb. 3, 
2006, inCenireville. Ala. The 

against religious beliefs in particular." 

When questioned, the students gave no 
other motivation for their actions other to say 
that it was a "joke" that got out of hand. They 
were deer hunting in Bibb County when they 
knocked in the doors of two churches which 
they later set on fire. Moseley claimed that the 
other four fires were then set "as a diversion to 
throw investigators off." 

Far from being thrown off. the increase 
in crime scenes helped investigators break 
the case. Witnesses were able to give them 
a description of the arsonists' car as a "dark- 
colored SUV" Then, investigators found a set 
of tire tracks they believed belonged to this 
vehicle. From there, investigators were led 
to a green Toyota 4Runner owned by Cloyd's 
mother. She identified Cloyd as the car's 
primary driver. 

Moseley and DeBusk were expelled and 
barred from the Birmingham-Southern campus. 
and all three suspects were held on federal 
charges of conspiracy and the arson of Ashby 
Baptist Church in Bibb County. The students 
faced a minimum prison term of five years for 
each count. 

Although these were not Samford students, 
it impacted the Birmingham community, 
including Samford. For an anonymous junior 


English student at Samford the church fires hit 
close to home. 

"I went to high school with Ben Mosely. 
Everybody loved him." she said. "He was the 
lead in the school plays, homecoming king, 
president of the student council and a member 
of other extracurricular activities. More than 
that, he was voted into these positions not 
because he was that popular kid that thought the 
world of himself, but because he was outgoing 
and well-known, and he was still friendly to 

Despite his success in high school, she 
said she still doesn't understand what led him 
to do something so drastic. "I haven't seen 
him in a few years, but this was a huge shock 
to me," she said. "I mean, I understand that 
sometimes people aren't who they seem, but 
imagine the person least likely, in your mind, 
to do something like this, and know that people 
who know Ben would have thought the same of 
him. I'm not saying he's completely not who I 
thought, and I have no idea what factors played 
a part in this whole thing, but just that it's a 
shock." ♦ 

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White buds a. biooming 

by Kim Hobbs 

A phenomenon broke loose this year 
on campus. White buds filled many ears, 
allowing students to connect to another 
world, a small world with 
endless possibilities. 

In other words, students were attached to 
the world of an iPod. This device, made by 
Apple, allows owners to create custom music 
and picture libraries in addition to storing 
thousands of songs. 

Due to this luxury, the iPod has become a 
growing fad. According to CNN in October 
2005, Apple sold 28 million iPods since 
their appearance in 2001. Samford students 
have joined the rest of the world in the 
iPod craze. 

Using iPods allowed Samford students 
to have all of their music with them at all 
times, without carrying around dozens of 
different CDs. 

"I wanted a better way to carry my music, 
rather than lugging around a big portable 

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CD player," freshman nursing student 
Patrick Mclendon said. 

The iPod comes in three different styles, 
which store different amounts of songs. 
The iPod stores 15,000 songs, the Nano 

place to place. Although the iPod was loved 
and used by many, some felt the iPod might 
be a fad. "iPods were just the cute things to 
have," Emilv Holladay, freshman journalism 
and political science student, said. 

1 ,000 and the 

shuffle 260. to "| love having an iPod because I can 
hbi;™ download one song without having to 
download songs download the whole CD." 

onto the iPod 

from personal computers. 

"I love having an iPod because I can 
download one song without having to buy 
the whole CD," junior nursing student 
Allison Kellermann said. 

Samford students used iPods anytime and 
anywhere. Junior international relations 
major Kristen Straw said she listened to her 
iPod as she traveled, drove and studied. 
Mclendon also said he used his iPod when 
he studied and even while he walked from 

"If I could do it over again, I would have 
gone for [a newer] Mp3 Plaver." However, 
Holladay admitted she has loved her pink 
Mini iPod because it is a more convenient 
way to store and carry different types of 
music and is easy to use. 

The iPod might have been a echnological 
fad, but manv students enjoyed these little 
portable music libraries. "I love my iPod 
because it fits right in my hand, and I can 
download lots of songs," Kellermann said. ♦ 


Far left: Even Mr. Beeson 
has (alien prey to the 
iPod craze. Just like 
Mr. Beeson symbolizes 
Samford's campus, the 
iPod symbolizes the 

new wave of musii 
te< hnology. 

Left: Samford students 

have ai < ess In thou- 
sands of songs at their 
tins;'! nips 

Below: Jay Lasatei 

grooves to his il'i id tunes 
as he strolls down the 







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pledge (plj) 

pledged, pledging, pledges 

v. Experiencing Greek life within the Samford 

76 Rush Diary 

78 The Chronicles of Fraternia 

80 Lambda Chi Alpha: Open for Business 

82 It's All Greek To Me 

84 Keeping a Greek Connection 

86 Parties of the Year 

90 Alpha Delta Pi 

92 Alpha Kappa Alpha 

94 Alpha Omicron Pi 

96 Chi Omega 

98 Delta Sigma Theta 

1 00 Lambda Chi 

102 Phi Mu 

1 04 Pi Kappa Phi 

1 06 Sigma Chi 

1 08 Sigma Phi Epsilon 

1 1 Sigma Nu 

112 Zeta Tau .Alpha 

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Rush Diary 

by Anna Holzman 











Today was the first day of recruitment. 
It was a day filled with anticipation and 
excitement. For the first night we were 
supposed to wear white T-shirts, so everyone 
would look the same. This way, the parties 
would he focused solelv on the individual 
and not what she was wearing. 

I met my Rho Gamma, Lydia Moss, and 
the rest of my group in the Ben Brown 
Plaza. We went to the caf to eat dinner 
together. I'm usually a big fan of the caf, 
but on this particular night, the thought of 
food made me sick. After dinner Lydia told 
us which parties we would attend. 

M\ group went to three parties. We 
first went to the Phi \lu house, then Chi 
Omega, and we finished the night with 
Alpha Omicron Pi. As I stood outside the 
Phi Mu house waiting to experience my first 
night of rush, I felt a wave of excitement 
come over me. Girls inside all the different 
houses were banging on the windows and 
cheering. It was simply exhilarating. 

Lydia lined us up in alphabetical order. 
As we entered each house, a girl knew each 
of our names. Then, the girls walked us 
into the chapter room. 

After waiting in line for about ten 
minutes, all the Rho Gams and girls inside 
the houses began to count down. It was 
time to enter my first house. 

I walked in and was taken by the arm of a 
nice girl, who greeted me and made me feel 
right at home. The other sorority sisters 
were singing and smiling, and I felt a little 
overwhelmed. Once I sat down. I learned 
about Phi Mu's philanthropy and then 
talked to different sorority sisters about Phi 
Mu. Everyone was so sweet and personable. 
After spending 45 minutes in the house, 
it was time to move on and go to the next. 
( )nce I stepped outside, my friends and I 
gathered around each other. Even though 
we weren't supposed to. we talked about 
how much Tun we had in the house and how 
thrilling rush was. This process continued 
throughout the night with each house we 
ventured to. 

For the second night, we wore our white 
recruitment T-shirts again. Instead of 
visiting three houses we only went to two. 
First. I went to the gym lot a break, then to 
the Alpha Delta Pi house followed by the 

"Overall, rush was definitely a 'rush.' 
There really is no better word to 
describe it." 

Zeta house. The houses were decorated 
beautifully. In each stunning house, girls 
asked me questions and really seemed 
genuinely interested in what I said. These 
past two nights have been so much fun 
because I met such wonderful girls. 

I wasn't nearly as nervous the second 
night as I was the first night. The girls in 
my Rho Gamma group and I goofed off and 
talked. But once the sorority sisters started 
the count down, we put our "game faces" 
on. After attending all the houses, Lydia 
took us to fill out a sheet of paper and make 
our cuts. On a Scantron form, we ranked 
the houses we visited in the past two nights. 
This was not an easy process for me because 
all the different sororities were wonderful 
and had so much to offer. 

( )n theme night, I received a list with 
invitations to return to four sorority houses. 
Instead of 
with my Rho 
Gamma group 
I went on my 
own because 
we all had 

different parties to attend. Theme night 
was so much fun but also stressful. Each 
house had a different theme and used that 
theme to decorate, describe their creed and 
share stories and performances. I enjoyed 
listening to the girls share stories and sing 
about what sisterhood meant to them. It 
was actually one of my favorite nights. I 
felt I was able to get a better feel for each 
sorority as I indulged in some amazing 
conversations. After all my parties, I met 
Lydia in the gym along with the rest of my 
group to rank the sororities once again. 

The next day, I dis< overed I was asked 
hack to two houses. 1 walked into the 
houses .is usual and was guided to my 
chair by one of the girls who I had already 
talked to. The girls told me win they 
wanted me in their sorority and what 
attributes and qualities they saw in me that 
could contribute to their sorority. It was 
so flattering and sweet, but it made my 
decision even more difficult. 

After attending mj final two parties, I 
walked m silence back to the- flag colonnade 
to fill out my hid card. I ranked my top 

three sororities and left feeling at peace 
with myself because I had made the right 

Later that day, my rush group went to 
dinner at Chili's and talked about our day. 
It was so nice to see everyone again and 
hear about their experiences. Lydia told us 
we had to stay in our rooms later that night 
because she might be coming by to let us 
know if we did not get a bid. As I sat in my 
room, I felt so nervous. 

My roommate and I kept analyzing 
the different things that could happen. 
However, Rush was such an amazing 
experience, even if it was an emotional 
roller coaster. I spent Sunday morning 
getting ready to go to the gym and receive 
my bid card. Both my roommate and I 
survived the night and looked forward to 
joining a sorority. 

Whoever named today "Squeal Day" 
definitely had the right idea! All the girls 
met in the gym, and the parents and boys 
watched us as we jumped up and down 
screaming once we received our bids. 
The different sororities were in different 
corners of the gym screaming and doing 
cheers. They counted down and passed 
the bid cards out. Ten, nine, eight, seven, 
six... my heart raced... five, four, three, 
two... Oh gosh! Everyone in the gym 
screamed and ran to their sororities. It was 
so thrilling! 

I was fortunate to join the sorority I 
wanted. I was so excited when I ran over 
to all the girls and received hugs from all 
of them. We left the gym and went up to 
the house where girls took pictures, danced 
and laughed. It was so fun! We ate lunch in 
the house and spent the rest of the day just 
getting to know one another and talking 
about our different experiences. Overall, 
i usli was definitely a "rush." There really 
is no better word to describe it. I had so 
much fun and feel so blessed to be a part of 
the organization that I'm in. ♦ 

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As I reluctantly filled out my rush form, 
I discovered I had quite a legacy. Several 
uncles, cousins and even my father all 
belonged to the same fraternity. I never 
knew until college that my dad was once in 
a fraternity. Respectful of him, I decided 
that the experience might not be the evil I 
had perceived it to be. 

On the evening of Friday, September 22, 1 
walked into Brock Forum with over 90 other 
dressed up guys, all anxious and unsure 
about what was ahead. The Interfraternity 
Council meticulously went through all 
the rules for the weekend banning any 
"dirty rushing." We split up into several 
small groups and set out 
for "Smokers," a time for 
recruit groups to become 
acquainted with each of the 
five rushing fraternities at 
Samford. In the first half 
hour of my rush experience, 1 met several 
guys, main of whom I still am friends with. 
We all shared common feelings of anxiety, 
which triggered excitement about what the 
weekend held. 

After hours of shaking countless hands 
and hearing spiels about what makes each 
fraternity so great, I was exhausted. I had 
crossed off one, maybe two, fraternities 
from my list with the discernment that they 
simply were not for me. Knowing the next 
night's open house would be even longer, I 
retired for the night. 

On Saturday night, I visited three houses. 
After being wined and dined with a whole 
roasted pig, homemade lasagna and Jimmy 
Ray's lemon pie, I was hooked. 

The problem, however, was that I was 
hooked on two different fraternities. My 
options were dwindling but quickly gaining 
more importance. I had experienced five 
different groups, but now there were onlv 
two on my mind. Sunday morning I went 

to see whose house I was invited back to 
for "Brothers' Night In." I had one, two, 
three, four invitations. Surely I couldn't go 
to more than one. Thus, I found myself at 
another fork in the road. 

After spending Saturday evening at 
the house of my choice, I was set on 
one fraternity. But was I even set on the 
whole experience at all? Unlike the girls' 
experience, Rush, for guys, is glamorous. 
The real stuff generally comes with 
pledgeship. I am a vocal major, and staying 
up all night being "initiated" isn't a luxury 
I can afford. I went to bed Sunday night 
unsure and uncertain. 

"The other rushees and I were 
pounded with a question, 'What 
could you bring to this fraternity?'" 

Monday morning came and with the day 
came dwindling invitations. I had three 
for "Brothers' Night Out." I was told I 
could go to two, but I chose one, somewhat 
sure it was the one for me. I went and had 
barbecue at a house, a real home, away 
from the all too familiar surroundings of 
Smith Hall. The other rushees and I were 
pounded with a question, "What could you 
bring to this fraternity?" 

I started to feel insincere, answering the 
same questions with the same answers, but 
I shared what I meant. I left that night 
knowing that my previous perceptions of 
fraternities were wrong. I liked everything 
about it. 

I went to my dorm and got on my knees, 
praying that God would lead and bless 
whatever decision I made. He made it 
absolutelv certain what His will was for me. 

I awoke the next day with firm but uneasy 
resolve. I walked down to the Bid signing in 
the Flag Colonnade. I knew whether or 

not I got a bid would make the decision 
much easier. 

As it turns out, I did get a bid. I talked 
with the Rush chairman of the fraternity for 
which I received a bid. Much to both of our 
surprise, I turned it down. 

As much as I wanted to be in a fraternity, 
God had a different plan. Looking back, 
I was already overwhelmed with extra- 
curriculars, swamped with my class schedule 
and engaged with some awesome friends. 
I prayed God would honor that decision, 
and I can't even begin to describe how 
wonderfully it has all worked out. 

For the entire month before Rush, I 
heard, "do it for the free food." Food might 
actually be the memory for many, but for 
me, I'll remember the countless faces and 
individuals I had the privilege of getting to 
know. Maybe I'll join next year and maybe 
not. But, God used my experience with 
fraternities to help me respect what I almost 
became-a brother of the 2005 pledge classes 
at Samford University. ♦ 

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Open for Business 

VK\r l\/f n f± rr-a n \A T ilc/~»n 

What comes to mind when the fraternity 
Lambda Chi is mentioned? Some may 
think trouble, others may think about the 
chapter's past glory days and a few may 
think, "who?" 

Many students, especially freshmen and 
sophomores, may not know much about 
Lambda Chi since the chapter was put 
on probation from 2002-2003, and the 
fraternity's housing charter was suspended 
for the 2004-2005 school year. This decision 
came during the summer from Lambda 
Chi's housing corporation, with support 
from Samford, when stolen property and 
alcohol were found on house grounds. 

The fraternity negotiated with Samford 
a one year suspension, which they served 
during the last academic year. All of the 
brothers had to move out of the house, 
located on campus at 632 Shelburne Ln. 
"It was disheartening to see the house in 

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By Maegan Wilson 

such poor condition at the beginning of fall 
2004," current Lambda Chi President Chris 
Edmunds said. 

During the 2004-2005 suspension, the 
brothers of Lambda Chi still played sports 
under the alias Theta Kappa Nu and 
participated in social activities. "Losing a 
year of recruitment was devastating, but 
it rebuilt our passion to make the house 
better," Edmunds said. 

Last year, Director of Greek Life and 
Student Organizations Frank Parsons said 
alumni involvement would be a key factor 
for the chapter's improvement. This year, 
senior John Griffee served as Vice President 
of Alumni Relations. 

Over the summer, Griffee established an 
alumni base through mass mailers, lunches, 
phone calls and a welcome back event 
barbeque. The final night of the fraternity's 
2005 recruitment was held at an alumni's 















house oft campus, where other alumni 
attended. "It was good to he reunited in 
fellowship and have the guys hack down, 
Edmunds said. 

Parsons also outlined direct steps to 
get the fraternity back on track during 
their year of suspension. These included 
revamping the pledge program, 
creating an alcohol education program, 
establishing an academic program and 
increasing visitation from national 
organization members. 

During the previous academic school 
year, Lambda Chi geared up and 
instituted an alumni mentoring program, 
raised this year's initiation grade point 
average, sent letters to alumni and wot kcd 
on the chapter's house. Lambda Chi not 
only worked within its chapter and national 
organization, but it also worked with 
Samford and the Greek system to <rcl hac k 

on track. Chapter representatives were 
allowed to sit in on Interfraternity Council 

Although the fraternity could not 
participate in these meetings, they played 
an active role in Greek and Samford events 
such as the Old Howard 100 Bike Ride. 

"Losing a year of recruitment 
was devastating, but it rebuilt 
our passion to make the 
house better." 

"Working with the administration 
wasn't too difficult. They were always pretty 
upbeat. 1 1 was a little challenging in the 
beginning, though. We had to work to 
find a common denominator for what 
the chapter was striving for," 
Edmunds said. ♦ 

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It's All Greek to Me 

by Melissa Poole 

The saying, "It's all Greek to me" 
seemingly fits the Greek life involvement at 
Samford. Not only did the Interfraternity 
Council and the Panhellenic council help 
sponsor and run different campus and 
community events, but the individual 
fraternities and sororities also appeared in 
many places around campus this year. 

IFC and Panhellenic co-sponsored 
or partnered with other organizations 
to produce such events such as the 
campuswide blood drive, joint scholarship 
banquet and Mercedes Marathon. In the 
fall of 2005, IFC, Panhellenic and Student 
Government Association brought diversity 
speaker Johnny Lee Clary, a former Klu 
Klux Klan member, to Samford's campus. 
Not only did he provide insight to Samford 
students but to the Birmingham community 
as well. 

Greeks didn't just raise money 
or sponsor these events, they also 
manned them and accounted for 
many of the attendees. Frank 
Parsons, Director of Student 
Organizations and Greek Life, 
said, "IFC and Panhellenic have 
a huge presence on Samford's 
campus, and many events 
would not happen without their continued 

IFC and Panhellenic have solely funded 
several events on Samford's campus to 
benefit the community. In the past thev 
have also held a charitv Softball tournament 
as well as the Greek Awards and most 
recently started the Mackawain 
tutoring program. 

Sororities and Fraternities also provided a 
huge presence on campus bv showing up in 
large numbers to support events on campus. 
Participation and attendance by students 
at the Old Howard 100 and Kickin-it-4-Kids 
was 90% Greek according to Parsons. 

"The Old Howard 100 wouldn't have 
happened without the help of the sororities 
and fraternities," Parsons said. 

Sororities and Fraternities were 
responsible for raising several thousands of 

dollars for charities and charitable events 
aside from their organization's personal 
philanthropies. After Hurricane Katrina 
hit, Greeks jumped into action and raised 
several hundred dollars. 

In addition to raising money, fraternities 
and sororities showed support for 
organizations such as SGA and Student 
Ministries by providing the majority 
of attendance at Samford sponsored 
events. Ten out of the 12 Samford Greek 
organizations participated in the 2005 
Homecoming Parade and 
campuswide tailgate. 

Sororities and fraternities also produced 
much of the leadership in the rest of 
the Samford community. Greeks held 
the majority of leadership in SGA and 
participated in social, academic and 
honor organizations. 

"IFC and Panhellenic have a 
huge presence on Samford's 
campus, and many events 
would not happen without their 
continued support." 

Lauren Welts' is a sophomore Alpha Delta 
Pi. the managing editor of the Crimson, 
president of the French club, an officer in 
Alpha Delta Pi, the secretary/ treasurer of 
the Samford Advertising Federation 
and was a co-director of the 2005 
Miss Samford pageant. 

Weltv said, "I like getting involved in 
many Samford organizations because I like 
contributing to the Samford community 
as well as working with as many Samford 
students as possible." 

It might have been said before at Samford 
that Creek organizations only care about 
themselves, at Samford. However, the 
sororities and fraternities break the mold. 
They not only show support to each other, 
but Greeks at Samford show support to 
their school, community, and uphold the 
Christian values for which Samford stands. ♦ 

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Keeping a Greek 


By Jessica Casto 

Greek life's not all fun and games. 
Most people don't consider the planning 
and behind the scenes work that goes 
into upholding Samford's Greek system. 
That's where the Panhellenic Council and 
Interfraternity Council come in. 

The Panhellenic Council is the unifying 
and coordinating body of the seven national 
sororities on campus. The council is 
composed of women from each sorority that 
serve as representatives. Through teamwork 
and cooperation, Panhellenic strengthens 
the Greek community and allows for active 
student organizations to participate in 
numerous campus activities. 

Each member strives to provide activities 
and programs to benefit sororities, the 
campus and the community. 

The 2005 Panhellenic President Tara 
McCafferty said, "The success of the 
Panhellenic Council requires the support of 
each sorority and therefore develops unity 
among the individual organizations which 
strengthens the Greek community 
as a whole." 

The Panhellenic Council is also 
responsible for promoting the scholarship, 
philanthropy and safety of each sorority. 
In addition, they coordinate recruitment 
in order to make it a fun and memorable 
experience for prospective Greek members. 

"I have really enjoyed being able to give 
back to the organization that I have put so 
much into and that has given so much to 

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me. I really do love Greek life and being 
able to build the unity among all of the 
sororities," McCafferty said. 

The other driving force behind Greek 
Life is the Interfraternity Council, which 
consists of representatives from Samford's 
six chartered fraternities. The purpose of 
the Council is to promote unity among 
the individual chapters, provide relations 
between the Greek Community and the 
University and to enforce rules and policies 
passed by the Council for the regulation of 
the fraternities. IFC also provides leadership 
and structured programs for fraternity 
growth and development. 

The 2005 IFC President John Lucas 
said, "The 2005 IFC had a very productive 
year. We sought to foster the relationship 
between fraternities and our faculty advisors 
in hopes of promoting the relationship 
between Samford faculty and Greek life 
as well as the utilization of academic 
resources that our advisors possess. Our 
council left the year with the relationship 
between Greek life and the faculty as strong 
as ever as we made attempts to increase 
communication between our council 
and the Samford community." One of 
Panhellenic and IFC's biggest highlights 
of the year was the three-year Adopt-A- 
School partnership created with McElwain 
Elementary School. 

"Over forty Greeks spent one hour each 
Thursday afternoon tutoring a child at 

the school. Greeks unable to attend on 
Thursdays due to various conflicts helped 
by volunteering to paint and landscape 
the campus. Both children and tutors 
had a wonderful experience through this 
program, and the learning experience was 
dynamic in that the tutors took awayjust as 
much from the program as did the children. 
We hope to foster the relationship between 
Samford and McElwain Elementary in the 
coming years," Lucas said. 

The Panhellenic Council also works along 
with IFC to sponsor projects and events 
such as Greek Weekend and educational 
programs such as the anti-hazing and 
alcohol awareness meetings. 

This year's Greek Weekend consisted of 
a service project at the McElwain Center 
where students had the opportunity to paint 
and clean up classrooms, a concert given by 
the Jared Ashley Band on the quad and a DJ 
party at the Highland Golf Country Club. 

Reflecting on this year's service, Lucas 
said, "Our council stands committed to 
our philanthropic mission by serving the 
Samford and Birmingham community in 
any way possible." ♦ 













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Above left to right: The member: 
of the Panhellenic Council. 
(back row) Shelby Crowe, Sarah 
Wolf, Ashley Belser, Holly Jaye, 
Alex Maddox, Stephanie Allen, 
(front row) Kate Medley, Emily 
Sparks, Lindsay Helmbock, 
Tara McCafTerty, Ashley Finley 

Right: Panhellenic president 
Tara McCafTerty and 1FC presi- 
dent John Lucas with Dr. Corts. 

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Lambda Chi 

This spring marked another step forward 
in Lambda Chi's return to prominence 
following their one-year campus exodus: the 
first date party in the past two years. 

Lambda Chi president Matt Francisco 
described the night with excitement. "This 
year's formal was a blast from the past. 
The brothers and their dates explored 
the all-but-forgotten Rio, a grand place on 
Valley Road usually accustomed to housing 
weddings and banquets that seemed 
trapped somewhere between disco and 
suede in 1972." 

The night was filled with fun as the disco 
ball spun from the ceiling and the party 
hosts got their dancin' on. The guests 
enjoyed some fine food and the illuminated 
dance floor. 

Francisco said, "Never was such a lime 
had in Lambda Chi's illustrious history. No, 
( Friday night was one for the ages, the 
stuff thai legends are made of. It gave hope 
for the future of Lambda ( hi, and perhaps 
more importantly, it was proof lor the 
brothers, new asso< iates, dales and people 
throughout campus that Lambda Chi is 
again a viable force at Samford." 

Phi Mu 

If Phi Mu had to choose one event to 
have again, the sisters would definitely vote 
on their formal that was held in the spring. 

"Our 2006 Formal was the highlight 
of the semester," said social chair Alison 
Holmes. "The night was perfect and elegant 
as gorgeous Phi Mu's danced under a 
lighted tent." 

The event was held at Gabrella Manor, an 
enchanting Spanish-styled home that was 
ideal for pictures. Spanish-styled desserts 
were stationed for leisurely indulging and 
a chocolate fountain entertained everyone 
and their taste buds as they dipped 
strawberries, pound cake and pretzels into 
the flowing fountain. 

I lolmes said, "The night flew by as we all 
danced to an awesome D| under the stars." 

Pi Kapp 

The brothers of Pi Kappa Phi always look 
forward to their annual crawfish boil. "It 
is undoubtedly one of our best parties," 
Horace Nix said. 

The parrs' begins in the afternoon and 
usually goes late into the night. This year, 
the guys decided to put a twist on the 

party. The first half of the party was held in 
Bessemer at an alumnus's farm. 

Nix said, "The first half of the party 
featured the Hog Mountain Lug Nuts band, 
and some of the best food you have ever 
tasted." The Rose Queen, Brother of tin- 
Year and Associate of the year were also 
announced at the party. 

After the band finished, the second half 
of the party was moved to the Schaeffer 
Crawfish Boil. All of the brothers and their 
dates were given free tickets to the Saturday 
show and enjoyed the last half of the party 
watching the likes of Jason Mraz, Better 
Than Ezra, P.U.S.A., P.O.D. and Live. 

Nix said, "This partv is always the last 
one of the year and it's the best wax to not 
only end the year but to say goodbye to the 
seniors as well." 

Sigma Chi 

As many students already know, 
the brothers of Sigma Chi are famous for 
their weeklong philanthropic competition, 
known as Derby Days, held everv year in 

This year's events included an opening 
banquet where brothers were auctioned 

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off as honorary group members for the 
participants as well as a Scavenger Hunt all 
over the Birmingham area. Throughout the 
week girls competed in Penny Wars, Sign a 
Sig and a Skit Night. 

Sigma Chi also co-sponsored the 
I ifeSouth blood drive in which over sixty 
participants donated blood. In addition, 
over a hundred Derby Days participants 
helped to clean-up M< Elwain Elementary at 
the end of the week. 

Sigma Chi president Rhett Long said. 
"Along with the other activities, new events 
such as "Capture a (loach" and the "Run 
for the Roses" 5K really brought the entire 
campus to life and participation reached an 
all lime high." Field Day marked an exciting 
finish to the week .is well as a partv featuring 
the Ra) Stephenson Band. 

( Kcr the week, the brothers of Sigma Chi 
raised nearly SI 2,000 for the Children's 
Hospital in Birmingham. "I)eib\ l)a\s 
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Sigma Nu 

On April 8, 2006 the brothers of Sigma 
Nu held their annual "White Rose" Formal. 
According to the brothers, this event is 
rooted deep in tradition and has spanned 
over 125 years. 

This year the partv was held at t he- 
prestigious Summit Club in downtown 
Birmingham atop the Am-South Herbert 
Pla/a building. With the Birmingham 
skyline in the background, the brothers 
and their dates dined on an elegant buffet 
followed by desserts and coffee. 

\lirr the announcement of the Fraternity 
Honors and the 2006 Sweetheart, the part} 
began. For the next three hours, everyone 
was entertained by CINO, a 70's band from 
Nashville, TN. 

According to President Daniel Crane. 
everyone had a wonderful time. "The 
White Rose Formal was a big hit among the 
brothers and their dates and everyone is 
looking forward to a great formal in 2007." 

Crane said. 


Every girl in Zeta Tan Alpha had 
heard about the legendary paint party 
thrown three years ago. Although only 
senior Zetas experienced it, their fond 
memories were passed down through the 
generations, and the girls decided to host 
yet another painting extravaganza. 

This year, the evening was aimed at being 
highly active, competitive and messy with 
different teams competing at different 
paint-involved events. Some events included 
tug-of-war with a paint mosh-pit, paint your 
own Mona Lisa, volleyball on a slippery 
tarp full of paint and an obstacle course 
consisting of paint balloons, a tunnel of 
paint and a slip n' slide. 

The competition ended with a dance 
competition, the announcement of the 
winning team (the Red Team), dancing to a 
1)| and warming up around the bonfire. 

Social chair Annie Murphree said, "Even 
though the Red Team may have dominated, 
everyone walked away feeling like wet, 
dripping, colorful winners." 

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Many different aspects are included in Greek Life, such as service and 
scholarship, but students are also involved in their fraternity or sorority 
for the social atmosphere or the parties. Here is a rundown of some of 
the major Greek events held on and off campus this year. 


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The sisters of Alpha Delta Pi said their 
most exciting event this year was the 
interaction and activity provided by the 
"Capture the Flag" mixer with the brothers 
of Sigma Chi on March 28. 

For the second time, the brothers of 
Sigma Chi and the sisters of ADPi found 
themselves at Camp Hargis under the starlit 
sky, with the smell of grilled hamburgers 
and hotdogs in the air. 

After digesting the meal, guys and girls 
divided among two teams: freshmen and 
seniors vs. sophomores and juniors. Once 
the horn blew, signaling the start of the 
game, sisters and brothers alike were 
forced to form alliances out of a shared 
competitive and friendly spirit. After 
(romping through the woods by moonlight 
and strategically plotting detailed plans of 
action, the juniors and sophomores finally 
succeeded in capturing the enemy flag. 

"The most unique and enjoyable facet 
of this particular mixer involved the true 
'mixing' that actually took place," ADPi 
president Katelyn Williams said. "Both 
organizations were encouraged to interact 
in a wa\ thai accomplished a common goal. 
The loose bonds bridging the gaps in the 
Greek community were strengthened." 

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In the spring, the ladies of Alpha Kappa 
Alpha hosted their annual Skee Week. 
President Marquita Hall said, "We host 
an event everyday on campus during this 
week. Some of them are fun, others are 
informative and we usually raise money for 
our philanthropy." 

This year, Skee Week's activities included 
a canned-food drive for a local homeless 
shelter, a hake sale and a night of dollar 

"The week is a time for students and 
community members to interact with the 
chapter and hopefully gain something 
beneficial," Hall said. 

{ AOPi 

°- Every four years, Alpha Omicron Pi hosts 

« a Red Rose Formal for all current and past 
- chapter members. In December of 2005, 
c the ladies of AOPi said then were excited to 
liosi their event at the Donnelly House in 

"The AOPi sisters enjoyed a great night 
ol dancing and socializing. It was also really 
special to spend time with our alumni." 
AOPi president Kathryn Lamb said. "The 
AOPi Red Rose Formal was definitely the 
event of the year." 










Delta Sigma Theta 

This year, the sisters ol Delta Sigma Theta 
had a chance to give hack to those in 
]\w(\. On August 29, 200"), the category 3 
hurricane hit Louisiana. Asa result of the 

devastating effects, the ladies of the Sigma 
Eta Chapter decided to raise money for the 
victims of Katrina. 

"We had a car wash one Saturday and 
raised over $150," Delta Sigma Theta 
president Lindsey Harris said. "Service to 
the community is our mission, and this was 
a very rewarding event just knowing that we 
could help those in need." 


According to the sisters, Chi Omega 
closed out 2005 with a party unlike any 
other their chapter had ever seen. On 
November 18, four buses of sisters and their 
dates traveled to Atlanta for Chi O's annual 

A dinner was waiting for everyone once 
they arrived at the 755 Club, located atop 
the Braves' stadium, Turner Field. 

Chi O president Katie Bondurant said, 
"Everyone danced throughout the night 
while also taking in the amazing views of 
the extensive stadium. The event was one 
that everyone who attended will always 

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Alpha Delta Pi 

Alpha Delta Pi proudly supports the Ronald McDonald House, an organization for families with critically ill children to stay at during hospital visits, 
through providing supplies, cooking and cleaning and helping with fundraising. The Kappa chapter plays host to two annual events: the Lion Share Golf 
Tournament and Bingo Night, both of which contribute their proceeds to RMH. ADPis are involved with organizations across campus, from Student 
Ministries to organizations across campus, from Student Ministries to Sam ford Ambassadors to athletics to the music department. The motto of Alpha 
Delta Pi, "We Live for Each Other" is expressed as the sisters of Kappa desire to have an impact on the lives of each other, Samford's campus and the 
entire community. 

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A Home Away From Home 

by Jessica Casto 

For the girls of Alpha Delta Pi, the Ronald 
McDonald House is a "home away from home." 
The Ronald McDonald House Charities is 
ADPi's philanthropy which serves as a resting 
place for families with critically ill children 
receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. 

Founded in 1974, there are now more than 
245 Ronald McDonald Houses in 26 countries. 
The Ronald McDonald House provides a 
temporary residence where family members 
can eat, sleep, relax and find support from other 
families in similar situations. Families are 
asked to donate, on average, $5 to $20 per day. 
If that isn't possible, their stay is free. 

"The Ronald McDonald House is a home 
It isn't somewhere we just send our money 
off to, but it's a community for people to 
live in who are going through the same 
situations," said recruitment vice president 
Lauren Welty. "For us, the Ronald McDonald 
House is a place where we can make an impact 
on individual people. We have the opportunity 
to cook meals, clean it and help raise money to 
make improvements on their house. As someone 
who has had friends and family members 
struggle with long-term illnesses, I know 
firsthand the impact that coming home from the 
hospital to a warm meal has. We are influencing 
people, one life at a time." 

In addition to using their hands to prepare 
dinner for those staying at the house, the girls 
also used their hands to clean. On April 22 
and May 6. ADPi held two spring cleaning 
days at the Ronald McDonald House. During 
this spring cleaning, sisters vacuumed, dusted, 
planted flowers and pulled weeds. 

ADPi also helped raise money for the house 
with their second annual Bingo Night in the caf 
and a charity golf tournament in the fall. The 
proceeds raised from both events went to the 
Ronald McDonald House. The girls also collect 
pop tabs throughout the year and donate them 
to the house in effort to raise extra 
pocket change. 

ADPi president Katelyn Williams said, 
"Care and concern for philanthropy marks 
one of the distinguishing facets of ADPi. Our 
involvement with the Ronald McDonald House 
of Birmingham allows for each sister to grow 

"Care and concern for 
philanthropy marks one of the 
distinguishing facests of ADPi." 

in knowledge and concern for the world around 
her. It is important that we as an organization 
contribute to the community. 

Without doing so, our purpose as an 
organization would become significantly less 
substantial. ADPi's philanthropic events over the 
past year have ranged in purpose and method. 
Whether it is sponsoring a golf tournament to 
raise monetary support 
or cooking dinner for the families 
at RMH, ADPi has worked hard to 
make a difference." ♦ 

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Alpha Kappa Alpha 

In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America's first Greek-letter organization established by Black college girls. Its roots date 
back to Howard University, Washington, D.C., where the idea was conceived by Ethel Hedgeman Lvle of St. Louis, Missouri. She viewed the 
sorority as an instrument for enriching the social and intellectual aspects of college life by providing mental stimulation through interaction 
with friends and associates. Through the years, however, Alpha Kappa Alpha's function has become more complex. After her incorporation 
as a perpetual both in 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha gradually branched out and became the channel through which selected college-trained 
women improved the socioeconomic conditions in their city, state, nation and world. 

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By Laura Dozier 

Being in a sorority not only gives girls an 
opportunity to form lasting friendships, bnt 
it also allows them to make a difference in 
their community. 

"Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 
Incorporated is an organization of 
women that desire to expand their 
way of thinking and widen their 
perspective on the world. She has 
distinction, drive, integrity and the ability 
to develop emotional and lasting bonds 
with women that have a common interest," 
member Melanie Hunter said. 

For Alpha Kappa Alpha, supporting the 
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America 
(SCDAA) is their chance to change the lives 
of those in their communities. 

"We raise money through a number of 
programs that we sponsor each year and 
give monetary donations," AKA President 
Marqnita Hall said. "We participate in 
the annual March of Dimes walk that 
raises money for sickle cell research, and 
we distribute general information about 
Sickle Cell to inform the public about the 
disease." They also arranged a table and 
display board on campus including sickle 
cell information, which allowed students to 
donate money to sickle cell research. 

Another program AKA sponsors each \ c.u 
is "Skee Week." which took place during the 
spring semester. Each day of "Skee Week" 
offered a different event ranging from the 
fun to informative and most raised money 

for SCDAA. This year AKA held a canned 
food drive for a local homeless shelter as 
part of the festivities. 

"Knowing that you have impacted 
someone's life by providing service 
is something remarkable." 

AKA also participates in "Buckle Up 
Bulldogs." In October the girls of AKA 
stood near the stop signs on Samford's 
campus and asked drivers if they were 
wearing their seatbelts. "If the drivers are 
wearing seatbelts, we give them a Lifesavers 
candy, and if not we give them a Dumdum 
pop," Hall said. 

The girls also take part in the Susan 
Komen walk during October, which is 
Breast Cancer Awareness month, to raise 
awareness for breast cancer. They also 
distributed information on breast cancer 
around campus and held a tea to get people 
thinking about the disease. "We invite a 
breast cancer survivor who discusses her 
experience, preventative measures, etc.," 
Hall said. 

Throughout all these activities the girls 
of AKA said they enjoyed giving service to 
the community. "Service is in the heart," 
member Lakhedra Robinson said. Member 
( Ihitra Kirpalani said, "Knowing that you 
have impacted someone's life by providing 
service is something remarkable."* 

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Alpha Omicron Pi 

Alpha Omicron Pi is an international girls fraternity promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic excellence and lifelong learning and 
developing leadership skills through service to the fraternity and community. Over the past few years, AOPi has experienced several changes such as 
joining the other Greek organizations on West Campus. Arthritis Research continues to be a significant aspect of AOPi as the sisters strive to support the 
Arthritis Foundation in any way possible. 

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Left: The girls of AOPi 
gathered together after a 
chapter meeting 

Volunteering for Arthritis Victims 

by Jessica Casto 

Through the years, the girls of Alpha 
Omicron Pi have been proud to support Arthritis 
Research and Juvenile Arthritis Research as 
their philanthropy. Throughout the school year, 
the members participated in many activities 
to help raise money for arthritis research and 
served in many different areas within the 

AOPi adopted the Arthritis Foundation in 
1967. Since then, over one million dollars has 
been raised by AOPis to help researchers find 
a cure for the crippling disease that, so often, 
targets women. Chapters also donate time to 
countless local community projects to benefit 
children, the elderly and those less fortunate. 

The Samford Rho Delta Chapter of AOPi said 
they were honored to volunteer and participate 
in several activities throughout the year here in 

AOPi's 2005 Philanthropy Chair Susan 
Miller said "In the fall, we have a spaghetti 
dinner fundraiser. Spaghetti is donated from 
local restaurants such as Carrabba's and Olive 
Garden, and we sell the dinners for $5 to 
students and faculty on campus. We deliver 
the dinners to everyone or arrange for them to 
pick it up. All of the money that we raise goes 
directly to our national philanthropy." 

Later in the fall. AOPi also participated in 
the Jingle Bell Run. "The local Birmingham 
Arthritis Foundation puts on a 5K run in 
December." Miller said. "We volunteer at the 
run and base some girls actually run in the 

" We help with registration, the children's 
area, food and drinks, handing out t-shirts. 
putting up tables and signs and raising money. 
This is just one event that directly helps adults 
and children with arthritis here in Birminuham." 

The members of AOPi continued their service 
into the spring with events such as the Make-A- 
Wish-Walk and the Strike-Out Arthritis softball 

"For the Make-A-Wish Walk, we signed our 
chapter up as a team to walk and raised money," 
Miller said. "We also held the first annual 
Strike-Out Arthritis softball tournament with 
Sigma Nu this year. It is a charity event that is 
open to Samford softball teams as well as the 
local Birmingham community." 

While AOPi officially supports Arthritis. 
Juvenile Arthritis and related diseases as their 
international philanthropy, members were 
also encouraged to partake in other various 

"For the Make-A-Wish Walk, 
we signed our chapter up as a 
team to walk and raised money." 

community service activities. 

The AOPis at Samford worked with the local 
Arthritis Foundation here in Birmingham. 
Miller said one of the chapter's favorite events 
was held just across the street at Brookwood 
Mall. " 

"We volunteer at the Arthritis Walk that is put 
on by the Arthritis Foundation in the spring." 
Miller said. "Like the Jingle Bell Run, we 
help by setting-up for the walk and by raising 

"Arthritis is a very serious health condition, 
and we're just glad to do our part in supporting 
the research to help find a cure," Miller said. ♦ 

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Chi Omega 

C hi Omega is a girls social organization that strives to hold to the values and beliefs of its founders as well as the Samford community. Chi Omega seeks 
to achieve this through the six purposes of friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and creditable scholarship, participation in campus 
activities, career development and community service. With our philanthropies, we are able to lend support to both the Big Oak Girls Ranch as well as the 
Make-A-Wish foundation. Through each of these ideals, Chi Omega hopes to promote integrity, friendships and well-roundedness for each member. 

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Making Connections 

Near and Far 

Sororities are not all about sisterhood and 
socials. For the girls of Chi Omega, their 
sorority helps them become involved in the 
national Make-A-Wish foundation as well as 
the Big Oak Girls' Ranch. 

Make-A-Wish is a national organization 
responsible for working to make the dreams of 
children with life threatening illnesses come 
true. Chi O has been involved with Make-A- 
Wish for years and in the fall, the Samford 
chapter of Chi O raised S7,000 for Make- 
A-Wish. Chi O desired to do something that 
involved the community and the university, so 
they sold 700 discount cards featuring special 
deals from local stores and restaurants. 

Chi O witnessed the fruits of their labor 

"My friend from Big Oak has 
blessed my life in so many ways, 
and I am so thankful to Chi O 
that we were able to meet." 

when the $7,000 they raised was used to make a 
dream come true for a child in 
the spring. 

"It is exciting for our girls and reminds them 
of why we do fundraisers when we get to see the 
smile on a child's face that has received a wish 
from Make-A-Wish," junior Chi O president 
Katy Anderson said. This past year, Chi Omega 
also participated in Walk for Wishes sponsored 
by the Make-A-Wish organization and was 

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privileged enough to meet the families that had 
been granted wishes. 

"The families were so grateful to the 
people who had made their children happy. 
They couldn't stop smiling and saying thank 
you," junior vice president Lynn Storey, vice- 
president of Chi O said. The Samford Chi O 
chapter also supported a local Philanthropy 
known as The Big Oak Girls' Ranch located in 
Springville. Ala. The Chi O sisters received 
hands on experience and created special bonds 
with the girls at the ranch. 

Junior nursing major Kerri Buck talked with 
a girl from the ranch several times a week and 
visited as much as she could. "My friend from 
Big Oak has blessed my life in so many ways 
and I am so thankful to Chi O that we were 
able to meet and develop a friendship," 
Buck said. 

Chi O also hosted several events with 
the ranch throughout the year. The Chi O 
sisters invited the girls from the ranch to 
come to their chapter room to cook and 
watch the 2005 Step Sing show. Also, Chi O 
ventured to the ranch for a pizza party and game 
night with the girls and their 
house parents. 

"It was a lot of fun just hanging out and 
getting to know the girls by spending time with 
them," Storey said. ♦ 




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Delta Sigma Theta 

The Sigma Eta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. was chartered bv twelve collegiate women on March 18, 1995. It is a private, non-profit 
organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of 
more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, the sorority currendy has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan 
(Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon 
the organization's Five Point Thrust of economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental 
health and political awareness and involvement. 

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Delta Sigma Theta has been verj involved 
iliis year in supporting various activities 
at Samford and across the country. To 
them being in a sorority isn't only about 
the bonds of sisterhood, but also about the 
feeling the) receive from helping others. 

'We try to do a little bit of even thing," 
Delta Sigma Theta president. I.indsev Harris 
said. The sisters of the Sigma Eta chapter 
of Delta Sigma Theta promote their own 
physical and mental health while also giving 
to others. 

This year, the sisters held a local carwash 
to raise funds for people affected bv 
Hurricane Katrina. "We raised over $250 for 
the hurricane Katrina victims," Delta Sigma 
Theta member Nivea King said. 

They also helped children in the local 
Birmingham area. "We go to schools and 
tutor," Harris said. They volunteered at 
Smithfield Community Center, and they 
also participated in McElwain Elementary 's 
school clean-up day. 

Another way the sisters helped others this 
year was by participating in the Susan G. 
Komen Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness 
in October. 

Along with helping others, the sisters also 
focus on the lives of their members. They 
frequently participated in "Dancing with 
Jam's" exercise class at Gold's Gym. They 
also attended a regional conference in 
Tuscaloosa. "We attend conferences about 
different things," Harris said. 

B\ helping others and supporting each 
other, the sisters of the Sigma Eta chaptei 
of Delta Sigma Theta strive to improve their 
community and themselves. 

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Lambda Chi Alpha 

Founded by Warren A. Cole on Nov. 2, 1999, Lambda Cbi Alpha is now one of the largest men's general fraternities in America with more 
than 227,000 initiated members. The fraternity consists of a unique and unified band of brothers as they spur one another onward towards 
deeper faith, bolder leadership and brighter futures. 

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Wheels of LOVe 

Top: Teams compete in the 
Spring Class tournament 
to raise money for Kid 
Transport One. 

Bottom: Richard Riley 
serves the ball i iver the net. 

By Maegan Wilson 

To support the community, the brothers 
of Lambda Chi Alpha helped raise money 
for Kid One Transport. "Kid One is a 
Birmingham based organization that helps 
underprivileged kids obtain transportation 
to doctors and hospitals." Lambda Chi vice 
president John Stegemann said. Lambda 
Chi has partnered with Kid One since 2003, 
when the organization was officially adopted 
as their philanthropy. 

The fraternity organized two fundraisers 
during the year. In the fall, the brothers 
held a small fundraiser at their house on 
Shelburne Lane. During finals week in 
December, students were charged to take 
swings at Stegemann's old car to help 
relieve stress and raise money for Kid One 
Transport. Students paid $1 for a single 
swing or $5 to take as many swings as they 
wanted for 30 seconds. 

"An ax did the most damage, but people 
used a bat, chair, bike, and rocks, too," 
Stegemann said. 

In the spring. Lambda Chi also held a 
four-on-four vollevball tournament called 
the Spring Classic at their house to raise 
money. Anyone or any organization was 
welcome to enter the tournament for 
an entry fee. "The day-long tournament 
included food, t-shirts, prizes for the 

winners, and everyone's favorite, a 
waterslide on the hill our house sits on," 
Stegemann said. Lambda Chi got the 
community involved by obtaining corporate 
sponsors for the tournament. "This is where 
most of the money we raised came from," 
Stegemann said. 

"An ax did the most damage, 
but people used a bat, chair, 
bike and rocks, too." 

The fraternity also volunteered 100 hours 
of service to help out with some of Kid 
One's events such as Word of Wheels and 
the 5K Mercedes Marathon. 

As vice president, Stegemann is in charge 
of Lambda Chi's philanthropy. "My favorite 
part about working with Kid One is knowing 
that we are making a difference in the 
communitv around us and not some far off 
place. Healthcare is extremely important 
for many of these families that don't always 
have the opportunity for the best care," 
Stegemann said. 

Fifth year senior fitness and health 
promotion major Paul Early enjoys 
supporting Kid One as well. "They are 
always excited to work with us and are 
very friendly at all joint events." ♦ 

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Phi Mu 

Phi Mu was founded ,n 1852, making „ die second oldest sorority in history. The sisters work wit) 

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Far left: The sisters of Phi Mu. 

Left: Rachel Tarter spends time 
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at the Children's Hospital. 

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WIkmi \oti ask a Samford Phi Mu what 
makes her proud to be in the sorority, she 
could have many answers. More than likely, 
however. Iter answer will have something to 
do with their vast successes in philanthropic 
work. The Samford chapter of Phi Mu works 
with Children's Miracle Network, whit li is 
an organization that raises money for the 
Children's Hospital. 

Samford's Phi Mu chapter sends three or 
four sisters to the Children's Hospital even 
[uesda) to play with the children who are 
patients. The) pend time with the children 
and take them to the Sunshine Room, 
which is a game room designed to distract 
them from their pain. By playing games 
and reading hooks, the girls try to make the 
children forget t ln\ are sic k. 

"We take crafts to do with the children 
but can also wind up just goofing off or 
playing video games." junior journalism 
major Laura Dozier said. Phi Mu also 
hosted two major events to raise mone) for 
Children's Miracle Network. 

In the fall semester. Phi Mu hosted a 
,">K race called Children's Miracle Run. 
rhe iac e was held at I Icardmonl Park M\d 
consisted ot a competitive ">K ra< e divided 
into age groups, and a one mile fun run for 
the kids. 

Phi Mu hosted 250 runnels at then 
( hildren's Miracle run and raised about 
$37,000 for CMN. Each participant 
received a t-shirt, and Phi Mu awarded 
prizes to the winners of the race. 

"We had a great turnout, and we were 
thrilled everyone seemed to have a fabulous 
time," sophomore Phi Mu philanthropy 
chair Megan Wilson said. 

In the fall, Phi Mu and Sigma Chi 
sponsored a trick-or-treat for pocket change 
event. Together, they raised more than 
$2,500 for the Children's Miracle Network, 
which also allowed them to spend time with 
anothei deck organization on campus. 

"We're lucky to have the 
opportunity to work with kids 
in Birmingham" 

On April 1. Phi Mu hosted their second 
major event, a city-wide car wash. The 
Phi Mu car wash was located at Wal-Mart 
and Sam's. This year, the girls wanted to 
make sure more students participated b\ 
holding the car wash on Lakeshore Drive. 
The money from this fundraisei was also 
donated to the (.hildren's Miracle Network. 

The girls' hard work paid off when Phi 
Mu was announced as the second chapter 
in the nation and first in fundraising for 
their philanthropy. Overall. Phi Mu raised 
$39,000 in the fall ol 2005 alone. 

"It's a great opportunity to work with a 
local philanthropy," Dozier said. 'We're 
luc k\ to have the opportunity to work with 
kids in Birmingham instead of sending out 
money somewhere and not knowing how 
it's spent." ♦ 

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Pi Kappa Phi 

Pushing for a Cause 

by Jessica Casto 

Remember when you were a little kid 
and your mom always told you not to 
push people'- Well, the boys of Pi Kappa 
Phi didn't listen vers' well and have been 
pushing people since 1977. However, they 
have an excuse, and it's for a good cause. 

Push America was founded by Thomas H. 
Savre in 1977 as an outreach project of Pi 
Kapp. Ibis organization strives to help both 
people with paraplegic disabilities and the 
members are lending the help as well. 
Pi Kapp accomplishes this goal through 
three main areas of sen ice: raising disability 
awareness, fundraising and volunteering. 

"Yolunteerism is the most important 
part of Push America and is done through 
each individual chapter of Pi Kappa Phi," 
2005 philanthropy chair Trey Nix said. 
"This area of focus allows each chapter to 
personall) experience Push America's motto 
'Leadership Through Service." 1 

Various programs Push America offers 
include push weekends and push camps, 
whi< h are national service projects. The 
"Journey of Hope" and "( .ear I p Florida" 
are bike rides, which also help raise mone) 
for the various projects that Push America 

The Alpha Eta chapter of Pi Kipp at 
Samford has specificalh helped Push 
America in main different \va\s. 

"Ever) year, we push a wheel i hai: around 
campus for seventy-two continuous hours 
in order to raise mone) for Push America," 
Nix said. 

The Alpha Eta chapter has also, 
within the last year, held a car wash and 
a brotherhood auction in order to raise 
money for Push America. This year, the guys 
raised over $1,500 through the auction. 
Several brothers were auctioned for over 
$100 for their services, which generally 
include washing cars, cleaning house and 
raking yards. 

"Every year, we push a 
wheel chair around campus for 
seventy-two continuous hours" 

"I've always been a huge fan of the 
auction," senior and head auctioneer John 
Crist said. "The people that donate to Push 
America actually see some gain on their 
part. It's not just throwing money into a 
basket, bin it's acquiring the goods and 
services of Pi Kapp." 

One future project that the guys of Pi 
Kapp look forward to is building wheel 
chair ramps for the disabled in order to 
make their homes more accessible. 

Pi Kapp prides itself in having its own 
outre u h project and is currently the only 
fraternity in die world thai personally 
created its own philanthropy. 

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Sigma Chi 

Sigma Chi's mission is to be the preeminent collegiate leadership and development organization, living Sigma Chi's core values. As a 
brotherhood it is a goal to surround each other with support, accountability and commitment to friendship, justice and learning. Continually 
pursuing these ideals, the brothers strive to challenge eachother so that the period of growth the) undergo during their undergraduate years 
is advanced by their lessons in Sigma Chi. As their university experience ends, they hope that each brother will graduate with a deep sense of 
personal responsibility, high ambition and preparation lor the future. 

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\l>< ive: Several members ol 
Sigma i In gathei togethei 
aftei .1 baseball game. 

Above i i i; 1 1 1 : A Sigma Chi 
brothei i ai ries a heavj li iad 
while helping at M< Elwain 
Elementary Si hoi >L 




























Getting Down to Business 

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By Melissa Poole 

The brothers of the Sigma Chi fraternity 
like to get down to business when ii 
comes to supporting their fraternity's 
philanthropies. Sigma Chi sponsored main 
a< tivities and events throughout the year to 
raise money for the Children's Hospital and 
the Exceptional and Lakeshore foundations. 

In the fall, Sigma Chi participated in a 
trick-or-treat lor pocket change mixer with 
Samford's Phi \lu chapter. The two groups 
trick-or-treated for change on Halloween 
and raised $3,000 for the Children's 
I [ospital. "It was a proud event for us. 
and we enjoyed being able to work with 
another Greek organization on campus to 
raise money lot this worthy organization," 
junior philanthropy chair Ross Stone said. 
As an entrance fee to their Christmas party, 
tin- brothers asked members to bring a Ion 
collecting over 100 toys for the hospital. 

Sigma < \\\ also supported other Sainton! 
organizations. They donated the SI, 000 
thev charged for entrance to their loam 
Part) to the Samford Student Ministries and 
entered eight brothers into Alpha Delta l'i's 
golf tournament for their Ronald McDonald 
House- philanthropy. 

I heir manual labor efforts also extend 
beyond Birmingham. For fall break, 
20 Sigma ( Ins traveled to parts ol La. 
and Miss, to help with re lie I efforts aftei 
I Ini i ii ,iin- K.i 1 1 in.i. 

The brothers participated in various 
activites throughout the year on a regular 
basis. Every Tuesday and Thursday Sigma 
Chi sent two or three brothers to volunteer 
at the Lakeshore Foundation, and every 
Monday several volunteered at the 
Exceptional Foundation. "I really enjoyed 
being able to work with the great people 
we meet at the Exceptional Foundation, 
they make me smile every time I am there," 
junior Blake Eckert said. 

The brothers also participated in the 
McElwain Elementary School tutoring 
program sponsored by LFC and Panhellenic 
councils, volunteering 123 hours with this 
tutoring program as well as doing yard work 
and painting. The brothers also brought joy 
into elderly ladies' lives by hosting a prom at 
the Fairhaven retirement home. 

None of these events compare in the 
Sigma Chi's hearts to their annual Derby 
Days they host every spring. Derby Days is a 
week of competition events in which all 
the sororities and independent ladies 
compete. The events range from skits, 
to decorating the house, to held day and 
penny wars. 

Sigma Chi is very proud of its 
philanthropic record. "We are proud of 
the fact that our philanthropies are the top 
priority of our organization," senior Sigma 
Chi president josh Williams said. ♦ 

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Sigma Phi Epsilon 

Sigma Phi Epsilon is dedicated to building balanced leaders. The brothers strive to set themselves apart by exercising their bodies and 
minds while preparing for the work-place. The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon are determined to achieve the highest goals academically as well 
as remain involved in the community. They are a close group, well equipped to help those in need, but they also know how to have a good 
time. Each day they prepare themselves to be the leaders for tomorrow. 

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Supporting the Efforts 

Even though the brothers of Sigma Phi 
Epsilon don't have their own philanthropy, 
they still support causes they feel are 
important by contributing to other 
organizations* philanthropies. They helped 
Zeta Tan Alpha with "Race for the Cure" 
and donated a portion of the proceeds 
collected at a mixer they held with Zeta. 
"We love being able to help a fellow 
organization out and support their cause," 
senior and Sig Ep president Kenny Kell said. 

The brothers of Sig Ep also participated 
in many of Samford's philanthropic events. 
They helped with Mercedes Marathon and 
the Old Howard 100 bike ride, which raises 
money for Habitat for Humanity. "Staying 
involved with the school allows us to feel 
more connected to the university we are 
proud to attend," sophomore Adam 
( )liver said. 

Sig Ep is also proud to be a part of IFC 
and Panhellenic's McElwain tutoring 
program. Thev send brothers every 
Thursday with the Samford group that 
tutors the children after school. Sig Ep has 
also helped with several school clean 
up efforts. 

of Others 

By Melissa Poole 

"Since we don't have our own personal 
philanthropy, McElwain is an on-going 
opportunity for us to lend a hand and 
be able to see improvements over time 
and keep up with people we are meeting 
through the school," Oliver said. 

"We do make a concerted 
effort to be involved in the 
community at large and 
are in search of a local 
organization to adopt ." 

Whether the brothers are helping 
another Greek organization on campus or 
participating in Samford's philanthropic 
events, the brothers of Sig Ep are willing 
to help. Kell said they strive to make a 
difference in the community and can't wait 
to find a philanthropy they can throw their 
energy into and continue their passion for 
philanthropic work. 

"We do make a concerted effort to be 
involved in the community at large and 
are in search of a local philanthropic 
organization to adopt," Kell said. ♦ 

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Sigma Nu 

The Iota Chapter of Sigma Nu was founded by Benjamin Abrams, Luther Hill. John Powell. Thomas Luckey and William Reynolds in L879 
at Howard College in Marion, Ala. At the time, it was the fifth fraternity established on Howard's campus. Sigma Nu strives to develop ethical 
leaders inspired by the principles of love, honor and truth. Il also helps foster the personal growth of each man's mind, heart, and character 
as well as perpetuates lifelong friendships and commitment to the fraternii\ 

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Far left: Sigma Nu brothers 
pose before their annual 
softball game, which raises 
money for the Cwi( 
Fibrosis Foundation. 

Left: The brothers gave 
up their Saturday to build 
a house for Habitat for 

Helping Hands 













by Maegan Wilson 

The brothers oi Sigma Nu don't have idle 
hands. Instead, they have helping hands by 
( ontributing their time and energy to the 
Helping Hands Initiative. "It is prettv much 
j ust a way of saying do .is much as vou can 
and help whom ever needs it," Sigma Nu 
philanthropy chair Ike Baker said. 

This year, the fraternity offered their 
helping hands and teamed up with St. 
[tide's Hospital, which treats children with 
a wide variety of cancer. In the fall, the 
brothers held a sorority-only flag football 
tournament entitled the "SigmaNusball" to 
raise money lor the hospital. 

"The way we raised money was bv getting 
the teams that participated this year to write 
letters to people they knew and alumni of 
their sororities to ask for donations," 
Baker said. 

Although the tournament turned out 
well, it was not evei \ thing Baker hoped it 
would be. "It was kind of a rocky start this 
\eai. and I couldn't do everything I had 
wanted to do. But hopefully we will have 
everything set up tot next year, and it will 
turn into a huge ordeal that raises a lot 
ol money." 

A child from St. (tide's was supposed to 
come to the tournament and talk before it 
started, but it didn't go as planned. "The 
children around Birmingham were too 
sick to make it. It's realh sad." Baker said. 
Ultimately, Sigma Nu helped raise over 

$2,000 for St. Jude this year. "It's a good 
start I think, but we expect to raise at least 
10 times that in the upcoming year," 
Baker said. 

The fraternity also participated in Habitat 
for Humanity projects. The brothers 
volunteered well over 300 hours at various 
houses around Birmingham. "We hope that 
this will be a huge part of our fraternity for 
the future," Baker said. 

"It was a great experience and 
the children loved it." 

In the spring, Sigma Nu held a softball 
tournament to raise money for the Cystic 
Fibrosis Foundation. "Last vear we raised 
SI, 700 off of dues to play and from going 
around and asking for money from 
businesses. It was such a success we decided 
to set it up again this year," Baker said. The 
tournament welcomed all teams including 
the Homewood Police Department and 
various schools around the state. 

During the vear, a few of the brothers 
worked with Greek Life and tutored 
children at McElwain Elementarv School. 
Thev went once a week and had as many as 
three children to help with their homework 
and look after. The brothers helped paint 
some of the classrooms and cleaned up the 
school grounds. "It was a great experience, 
and the children loved it." Baker said. 

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Zeta Tau Alpha 

With more than 183,000 initiated members and 250 chartered collegiate chapters, the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity has a longstanding history 
of excellence. The first group to have a national housing program, the Zeta Tau Alpha Housing Corporation now has a net worth of over 
$19 million. Eighty-five of the national Zeta chapters have average GPAs of 3.0 and above. Zeta is known for its commitment to excellence in 
scholarship and housing, but Zeta also shares a passion for service. Since trademarking the "Think Pink" logo in February of 2004, Zeta has 
built upon national business partnerships, such as Voplait yogurt's "Save Lids to Save Lives" Campaign. Zeta also cosponsors the Susan G. 
I\( uncii Race for the Cure Survivor Recognition Progam. 

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Above: The girls of /.eta 
show nil their spic) 
i ostumes right before their 
Step Sing show, "Spice Up 
Your Life." 











The Pink Fight 

by Maegan Wilson 

Pink is not just a color for the sisters 
of Zeta Tau Alpha, it's a platform. It's a 
platform fighting against cancer. Since 
1992, Zeta has raised money for the Susan 
G. Komen Cancer Foundation. 

In the fall, the sorority took part in the 
annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 
where breast cancer survivors and their 
supporters either ran or walked in the 
race or cheered for participants. "This is 
one of my favorite experiences with Zeta," 
philanthropy chair Mary Catherine 
Stone said. 

The sisters also helped bring smiles 
to breast cancer patients at the women's 
hospital in Birmingham providing baskets 
filled with "Think Pink" ribbons, shower 
cards, t-shirts and brochures. 

This year, Zeta broadened its focus to 
include other outlets of support such as 
the National Football League and Yoplait 
Yogurt. "Since the partnership with the NFL 
started, Zeta has increased its influence to 
working with over 12 NFL teams for the 
'Think Pink' Campaign, reaching about 
50,000 football fans across the country," 
Stone said. 

Zeta also partnered with Yoplait in their 
mission to "Save Lids to Save Lives" by 
collecting the lids to yogurt containers. 
Yoplait has raised over $14 million to 
support breast cancer awareness 
and prevention. 

In the past, the sisters have hosted a 
basketball tournament for their spring 
fundraiser, but this year the sisters 

organized and hosted a Mr. Samford 
Pageant. "It isn't one of those womanless 
beauty contests, but it's similar to pageants 
like 'Big Man On Campus' contests held .it 
a lot of other schools," Stone said. 

"We feel so closely connected to 
these amazing women and their 
families that we can't help but 
want to contribute to their cause." 

The guys were judged on talent, interview 
questions, formal wear and their ability to 
have fun in front of a crowd. With a $50 
entrance fee for each participant sponsored 
by a fraternity, sorority or group of friends 
and a $5 entrance fee for audience 
members, the program proved to be a 
successful fundraiser. 

Because Zeta is so committed to their 
philanthropy, they have made contributions 
of tip to $18,000 in the past. This has helped 
secure their national position as one of the 
top chapters in the country. 

"I think that the reason we love our 
philanthropy so much is that we have all 
in some way, directly or indirectly, been 
affected by someone with cancer," Stone 
said. "When we go to the Race for the 
Cure in the fall, we see countless best 
cancer survivors who have been through 
unimaginable pain and hardship. We feel so 
closely connected to these amazing women 
and their families that we can't help but 
want to contribute to their cause." 








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compete (km-pt) 

competed, competing, competes 

v. Living and breathing Samford sports 

116 The Team Behind the Team 
118 Cheerleading 
1 20 Dance Team 
122 Football 
126 Volleyball 
1 28 Cross Country 
1 30 Track 
132 Men's Soccer 
134 Women's Soccer 
136 Men's Basketball 
140 Women's Basketball 
144 Baseball 
146 Softball 
148 Men's Golf- 
ISO Women's Golf 
152 Men's Tennis 
1 54 Women's Tennis 
1 56 Intramurals 

158 Dodgeball and Ultimate Frisbee 
160 Flag Football 
162 Intramural Softball 

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the Team 

Not every student was born to lace 
up cleats or associate their name with a 
number. The Dog Pound gave students the 
opportunity to get involved with sporting 
events without putting on ajersey. Parents 
and opposing teams saw the support for 
athletes as a special section was roped off 
for the Dog Pound at games. "The Dog 
Pound gave us [Samford] a home field 
advantage," director of Promotions and 
Campus Recreation Grant Lyons said. 

As the official booster club for athletics, 
the Dog Pound is dedicated to lifting the 
spirits of athletes. The organization started 
in 2001 when a small group of dedicated, 
enthusiastic students joined together to 
(hcer for sports teams. With mate lung 
t-shirts and jubilant voices, the club 
continues to encourage all players to push 
harder for the win. 

This year, the Dog Pound increased 
student involvement in sports, created a 
fun and exciting atmosphere in the stands, 
provided new social opportunities for those 
interested in sports and represented the 
school with integrin and sportsmanship. 

Ever) student had the opportunity to join 
the Dog Pound by signing up either online 

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By Jena Hippensteel 

or in the athletic department. "I liked the 
idea of joining a student-only club and 
participating in athletics as a fan. 
I love watching sports so I thought I would 
really enjoy being part of the Dog Pound," 
sophomore Dog Pound vice president Emily 
Goette said. 

A ten dollar fee ensured a spot in the 
club, a t-shirt, free food and discounts 
at different places in Birmingham. Each 
member also received newsletters and was 
eligible for special giveaways 
and promotions. 

The club kept running smoothly because 
of the combined efforts of President Gavin 
Mavo, Vice President Goette and Marketing 
Director Josh Wiggins. 

During the Homecoming football 
game, the name of the student section 
was announced. The Red Sea was the 
new section for all Samford sports. For 
basketball, t-shirts were simple with "The 
Red Sea" slapped across the front of the red 
fabric and "Feat the Window" on the back. 

Just like the Dog Pound, gifts were 
plentiful. The group was free to join during 
the basketball season with t-shirts, Dawg 
Rags and a roped off area in the stands 

just for members. Other benefits were 
given throughout the school vear at all the 
athletic events. 

The name was chosen from a number 
of options submitted by students at the 
beginning of the year. As the replacement 
for the Dog Pound, the Red Sea's goals 
mimic the old group's. The section was 
made to create aw atmosphere where 
people, especially students, could enjoy at 
games while also helping support the teams 
and increase school pride. 

Red Sea president Gavin Mayo said. 
"Most sports teams will tell you that the) 
feed off of the crowd's energy, and this was 
designed to create that." ♦ 

Left: Members of the Red 

Sea cheer the Bulldogs to 
vi< tory 

1 )iiee(\ below: Spike gets 
the c rowd excited for the 
big game. 

Below: Samford students 
yell for a touchdown in the 
Dog Pound section of the 

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Far Right: The skirls cheer 
on the football team and 
encourage the crowd to 

join in. 

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A Year of Change 

By Kendra R. Buckles 

When mosl Samford students were 
still enjoying their last weeks of summer 
relaxation or wrapping up summer 
jobs, the seventeen girls on the Samford 
cheerleading squad had already sacrificed 
their summer freedom. During the first 
week of August, the squad came together 
for the first time since try-outs in May to 
prepare for both the cheering season at 
Samford and their upcoming competition. 
With only four returning team members, 
"boot-camp." as they refer to it. was a time 
for bonding as well as grueling work. 

However challenging, pre-season "boot- 
camp" paid off when the squad traveled 
to Myrtle Beach. S.C., for the National 
Cheerleaders Association competition the 
third week of August. Competing against 
fort) other squads, the Samford squad 
scored 45 out of a possible 30 points. 
second only to the University of Louisville 
who earned 48 points. The squad walked 
awa\ with a second place tropin and the 
confidence that this was (he year the) could 
turn their program around. 

Along with thirteen new members, the 
squad welcomed other changes which 
allowed the 2005 season to be a vear for 
c hange and growth. Its increased size and 
all-girl status were two ol the main changes 
for die squad. "Having more people 
allowed us to do more this season." co- 
captain Katie Bottoms said. "Surprisingly, 
we all gel along so well. There are never any 
problems, which you don't expect with all 
girls." Of the thirteen new members, nine 
are incoming freshman, one is a transfer 
student and three were sophomores who 
did not cheer for Samford as freshman. 

In addition to an increased squad size, 
c hange in c oaching has been one ol the 
biggest improvements to the program this 
year. Alter several years ol frequenl staff 
turnover, Man Usser) look the position 
of head coach knowing thai she wanted to 
improve the program. 

"The »irls have been very determined 
to turn thai program around. With our 
challenge of taking a program and turning 
it around in one year, it is fortunate we have 

the girls that we do," Ussery said. "The girls 
have raised the bar for Samford." Ussery 
brought years of head coaching experience 
to Samford. She was the cheerleading 
head coach for many high school squads, 
an assistant to the head coach at Clemson 
University and a head coach at Anderson 
College. In addition to coaching, she has 
choreography and judging experience as 
well. In South Carolina, she was a state 
choreographer for different high school and 
college competitions and judged regional, 
state and even a national competition. 

Though Ussery has enjoved her work 
at other universities, she has been most 
impressed with Samford's staff. "Working for 
Samford has been the most enjoyable thing 
about this year. I have worked for other 
universities and high schools, and this staff 
is by far the best," Ussery said. "They work 
together like a family and care about each 
and every stall member." 

In addition to Ussery, other staff changes 
have benefited the squad. Rebecca Lee, a 
Cumberland law student and former Florida 
State University cheerleader and coach, 
has helped choreograph this season as well. 
"She has been a real blessing to the squad 
this season," Bottoms said. 

Although the squad cares about 
improving their own program, the) want the 
university to know that the) have a genuine 
interest in their teams success. 

Some of the squad's "cheering" goes 
on behind the- scenes. "For the first game 

and Homecoming, we surprised the 
football team by decorating their locker 
room before the game. There were signs, 
streamers, and balloons everywhere," 
Bottoms explained. "We really want to see 
the teams to do well." 

In addition to cheering at football 
and basketball games, the squad makes 
community appearances as well. Thev 
coach cheer camps for young girls before 
the games, at churches' Upward Athletics 
programs and even for birthday parties. 
They also participated in the Homewood 
City Christmas parade, made appearances at 
birthday parties and sung Christmas carols 
at Lakeshore's Summerset Home. 

Ussery encouraged the team to carol at 
the Summerset Home. Last year the squad 
visited the VA Hospital, and this year they 
wanted to serve one of Samford's close 
neighbors. "We just wanted to give back to 
the community for Christmas, and they are 
our neighbors at Samford," Bottoms said. 
"Coach Ussery was a big part of making 
that happen." 

After setting the goal of turning the 
program around, the squad has seen many 
signs that their goal was being met. "We 
have felt more support from the students, 
school, and athletic department. People 
have just noticed us more, and we've just 
gotten lots more attention this year. It's 
really encouraging," Bottoms said. "We work 
really and care about our school. People are 
beginning to see that." ♦ 

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By Jena Hippensteel 

Ready, Set, 


A lone figure mopped the wood logo 
nuclei the dim lights of the gymnasium. All 
that could be heard in the void of the empty 
room was the figure's shoes squeaking 
against the floor. The only evidence of what 
happened just an hour before were the 
echoes of cheers and yells thai reverberated 
off the stone walls and the sweat left upon 
the floor from the volleyball match. 

The smack of a hand against a small, 
white volleyball could terrify the average 
person. However, members of the girl's 
volleyball team didn't shy away from the 
opportunity. In fact, they were trained for 
the moment. 

With "two-a-days," the girls started 
practicing together in the beginning of 
August to improve their skills, agility, 
strength and communication. With only 
one senior on the team, it was important to 
work as a unit. "It was hard being the only 
senior because we had such a young team 
and there was a lot to learn, but I feel like I 
did learn more about being a leader, usually 
through trial and error," Courtney Keen 

Making up for the lack of seniors, 
six freshmen were added to the team. 
According to assistant coach Lynze Roos, 
"The freshman class was a really big class 
in the volleyball world. The upperclassmen 
reallv took to the freshmen class, and 
they've all become great friends." 

Throughout the year, the team 
experienced tips and downs, hut Roos 
reflected on the positive moments of the 
season. "A moment that stands out best in 
my mind is when we had an intense match 
against UNC-Asheville and we came out 
on the lesser end. Our team will face them 
early in the fall of '06 and we'll he looking 
for revenge. As for the most memorable 
win. it was great to beat Morehead at 
Morehead. The team looked outstanding in 
that match," Roos said. 

The team ended the season winning l(i 
of 30 matches and finished 7th in the Ohio 
Valley Conference, missing the conference 
tournament by a single match. Freshman 
Sara Sears was honored on the OVC 
Newcomers team. 

Between the fall and spring seasons, 
the Bulldogs individually trained until 
the start of their season in February. In 
the spring, the girls practiced as a team 
and participated in lour matches. "The) 
have the abilities to make the Samford 
Volleyball Program a contender for the 
OVC championship in the next year. I'm 
verj proud <>l how hard they're working to 
achieve the sjoals thev've set," Roos said. ♦ 













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A Journey Down 
the Dance Team 

By Jena Hippensteel 

How many students have seen movies 
that focus on dancers and their moves, such 
as Center Stage or Save The Last Dance} 
How many uncoordinated students watch 
the dance team strut their stuff and wish 
they could do the same? No doubt, some 
students yearn to bend and keep a beat just 
like girls on the team. Being a part of the 
group is not entirely about flashy costumes 
and high kicks, though. It takes dedication 
and hard work to honestly call yourself a 
part of the dance team. 

For an entering freshman or a recent 
student to join the team, she must first and 
foremost have experience. Most of the girls 
on the team have an extensive dancing 
history. They have participated on their 
high school team or in competitive dancing 
or studio training. 

The team is laid back concerning who can 
join since there are no scholarships and no 
official coach. A particular dance style isn't 
favored, either. The girls just have to be, 
"self motivated and [have to] respect their 
peers," junior team captain Kathryn Lamb 
said. As long as a person has talent and is 
willing to work, they can sign up for tryouts 
in April and hope for the best. 

The dance team congregated a week 
before school began. Coming to school 
earlier was not just a chance to rekindle 
friendships and start new ones, it was to 
ensure the team enough practice before 
football season started. During the football 
games, the team danced energetically and 
pumped up the ( rowd. 

In addition to football games, the team's 
schedule included basketball games, an 
annual dance production and the opening 
act of Step Sing. Pre-production practices 

The show, AJournev Down Broadway, 
was a success. It featured music from the 
1930s to the 1980s. The colorful outfits and 
engaging tunes, such as "I Hope I Get It" 

"Dance team is a lot of hard 

took place four or five times a week, 

where the girls worked on routines 

for roughly three hours. Dance team WOrk, and I don't think We get 

enough recognition for all the 
hours we put in." 

is a lot of hard work, and I don't 
think we get enough recognition for 
all the hours we put in. But it's really 
fun and it's a great group of girls," 
freshman Morgan Glasscock said. 

When November rolled around, the 
team worked extra hard for their annual 
production. Since dance team is not directly 
connected with athletics, they are not given 
any funds from the school. However, 
SGA did help the girls rent the Virginia 
Samford Theater for the production. Not 
only did the girls completely choreograph 
the routine, but they also bought their own 
costumes, raised money and worked 
the show. 

and "Luck be a Lady Tonight," showed off 
the girl's talents with a wide range of dance 
moves. The show created quite a sensation 
which drew in many students to the two 
day production. 

Despite the hard work, long hours and 
sore muscles the girls found the dance team 
worth every drop of sweat. "Dance Team 
is a great experience. It helped me get to 
know older students and we've had a lot of 
fun together," freshman Lindsaj 
Stroud said. ♦ 










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Not the 
Average Team 

By Josh Rutledge 

The average person would laugh. The 
average fan would no longer care. The 
average team would quit after a hard season, 
but the Samford football team never 
gave up. 

The Samford football team wasn't 
supposed to be all that great. In fact, 
they were ranked sixth in the Ohio Valley 
Conference pre-season poll. After the first 
four games, the Bulldogs stood at 1-3, with 
their only win coming in the season opener 
against intercollegiate Edward Waters. 

Following their opening win of 60-7, the 
Bulldogs dropped the next three games 
on the road to Baylor, Furman and Eastern 
Illinois by a combined score of 136-51. The 
critics murmured that maybe six had been 
too high of a pre-season rank. 

"After that tough stretch, we felt that we 
needed to get back to the basics," junior 
wide receiver Jeff Moore said. "We went 
back to the beginning, and started doing 
the things we had practiced from the first 
day of camp. When you are down like we 
were, you have to just gel hack to the 
simple things." 

Deflated and frustrated, the Bulldogs 
returned home to face Southeast Missouri. 
After a disappointing first half of play, the 
Bulldogs stormed to a 27-5 second half, 
finishing the game with a 33-17 win. "( >ur 
gins regrouped. After that early rough 
stretch, we needed to come together." lie. id 
coach Bill Gray said. 

With the momentum of the home 
win now spurring them on, the Bulldogs 

returned to the road, but were beaten 
soundly by the Eastern Kentucky 
Colonels 38-6. 

The frustrations of the first half of the 
season re-emerged. Hopeful fans returned 
to their frustrations and a young team 
appeared to be doomed to fall flat. Coming 
back home, however, the Bulldogs managed 
a tight and crucial victory over the Murray 
State Racers. Although the Racers were the 
worst team in the conference, the victory 
was monumental. This win sparked the 
team to their first road win over Tennessee- 
Martin, followed by yet another home win 
against Tennessee State. 

According to Moore, the Tennessee- 
Martin game marked the highest point in 
the season. "The U.T. Martin game was our 
best game. Everything went right in that 
game and we did everything tight." 

Suddenly, the Bulldogs looked at a 
possible 7-4 season, and an outside shot at 
the conference title. However, the rising 
hopes came to a close in a disappointing 42- 
21 loss to Tennessee Tech. "The Tennessee 
Tech loss really hurt. 

We had a chance to win. but we just made 
too many mist, ikes," Gray said. "Von can't 
turn the hall over five times and expect 
to win." 

The team had the same problem with the 
following game. Six turnovers led to a 26-20 
loss to a Jacksonville State team ranked in 
the top three in the conference. The loss 
marked the first home loss for the Bulldogs 
and put the team back under 500. 

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However, in a season that started rough 
turned bright and then finished sour, the 
Bulldogs came away with more than a 
simple record of 5-6. "This season bodes 
well for our future," Gray said. 

"I think we accomplished some things 
that weren't 

season, he remained a key to the team 
throughout the season. "Booth was set back 
early in the season by injury, but he was still 
a major part of this team. He was a true 
leader in our locker room," Gray said. 
"As for Wisdom, no one played with as 

"I think we accomplished "ES^L* 1 " 

SOme thingS that Weren't favorite, senior defensive 

, - back Cortland Finnegan 

eXpeCted frOm a team finished an impressive 

career, making a powerful 
impact with his energetic 
style of play. His 75-yard punt return verse 
Murray State put the Bulldogs ahead for 
good in that game. 

"We had five great seniors. They showed 
a lot of leadership to a very young team," 
Brown said. 

For most teams, disappointment and 
frustration would be the only attributes 
remembered from a 5-6 season, but the 
Bulldogs rose above the challenges and 
laid a foundation upon which the future of 
Samford football will rest. ♦ 

picked to finish sixth." 

expected from a 
team picked to 
finish 6th." 

Amid the 
frustrations, the 
team also found 

a comfort playing at home, finishing with a 
home record of 4-1. "The home fans were 
great. It's a lot easier to go out and play well 
when you have the home crowd cheering 
you on," Gray said. 

Seniors were few and far between, with 
only five starting seniors listed on the 
preseason roster. However, those five 
found themselves shaping together a bright 
future for their team. Two of the senior 
leaders were Brad Booth and Steve Wisdom. 
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Go the distance. Push your limit. These 
could be the phrases that would summarize 
the mind-set of every cross country runner. 
It almost seems to be a requirement. 
Imagine on an early Monday morning 
before school or on a crisp Saturday 
morning on a golf course you step up 
to i he race start line knowing that for at 
least the next 20 minutes you would be 
pushing our body, mind, and spirit to exert 
all the strength and quickness your body 
can muster in order to win a distance race 
against 200 other runners with the same 
goal. Go the distance. That is Samford 
( loss ( lountry. 

The four-month season started the 
week before class at a small state park in 
Georgia, otherwise known as cross country 
camp. Here the phrase, "eat, sleep, and 
run" becomes a realitv as the twenty-two 
members of the cross country team ran two- 
a-days in preparation for the season 
to come. 

"( .imp has always been a tough but 
rewarding way to start the season." senior 
Connie Hesikell said. "You train for three 
months during the summer and then 
the whole team comes together at camp. 
Training as a team is so crucial to the rest 
ol the season." 

The season kicked-off at the Chattanooga 
Invitational held in Chattanooga, Tenn. 
The women captured the first place finish 
beating the host team, the University of 
Tennessee at Chattanooga, and the men 
finished fourth. 

"Our team is growing. Gaining 
experience in college is crucial to the 
improving performance. With no seniors 
on the team, the- nucleic lassman have really 
had to step up their performance and 
leadership for this season," sophomore 
captain Drew Anderwald said. 

With Ail-American Lauren Blankenship 
lciin ning to the- field after recovering from 
a hand injury, the women's cross country 
team continued their winning streak 
capturing the Crimson Tide Invitational, 
hosted b\ the University of Alabama, 
and the Auburn Invitational, hosted by 
Auburn University. The men finished 8th 

and 12th respectively. For the first time in 
Samford Cross Country history both teams 
traveled the distance to Terre Haute, Ind. 
to compete in the pre-national meet held in 
mid-October. The meet brought both teams 
to a new level of competition as the women 
finished 23rd out of 35 teams and the men 
finished 9th out of 1 1 teams. 

"This was an opportunity to grow as 
a program by stretching and testing the 
runners on both teams," assistant coach 
Chad James said. "The meet also served as 
great preparation for the OVC conference 
and South Regional meet." 

The pre-national meet proved to be the 
right preparation for the women's team as 
they captured their second consecutive OVC 
conference championship. Blankenship 
finished first on the 5K course in 17:00.8 
and was named OVC female runner of the 
year. The women finished first, second, 
third, fourth and tenth to capture the 
conference crown with 20 points. McWaters 
was also named OVC women's cross country 
coach of the year. 

"Coming back to the conference meet 
and winning a second time is a goal well 
achieved," senior Michelle Brewer, who 
placed fourth, said. "It's a blessing to be a 
part of such a great team who has worked 
hard all year for this title." 

The men's team finished fourth in 
the conference. Cameron Bean ran the 
8K course in 26: 15.02 and was named 
Freshman Male runner of the year. 

"Cameron has been running well all year. 
His conference achievement showed his 
progression," McWaters said. 

Both teams finished the season at the 
South Regional meet in Gainsville, Fla. 
hosted by the University of Florida. The 
women finished the 6K seventh out of 
24 teams and the men finished the 10K 
race 17th out of 20 teams. But for Lauren 
Blankenship she had a longer season to 
finish. Blankenship blazed the trail finishing 
third overall in a time of 20:16.39 capturing 
<m automatic hid to the NCAA national race 
for i he second year in a row. 

"It was an accomplishment just to qualify 
for nationals. It has always been a goal of 

mine to return to nationals. That is what I 
train for each and every day," Blankenship 
said. "Even though this year at nationals I 
didn't finish as high as I wanted due to a hip 
injury, I still improved my place from 161st 
in 2004 to 52nd this past season." 

Samford Cross Country goes the distance 
beyond their running abilities. During the 
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the team 
volunteered their time to help others. 
Members of the men's team traveled to 
Mobile, Ala. With them, they brought 
willingness to help and 25 boxes of shoes 
and clothes donated by the cross country 
team and the Lakeshore Foundation. Also, 
members of the women's cross country team 
donated their fall break cleaning up areas in 
Hattiesburg, Miss. 

The OVC recognized their pursuit of 
going the distance as both the men's and 
women's cross country team received the 
league's inaugural Team Sportsmanship 
Award. This award is voted on by conference 
runners and coaches and is given to the 
team that has shown the best standards of 
sportsmanship and ethical behavior. 

Head coach Glenn McWaters said, "We 
feel very privileged and humbled by this 
award. I think that this is a reflection of the 
quality of kids we have here at Samford." ♦ 

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Jcssicca Brewer and 
Michelle Brewer run 
side by side towards 
the finish line. 

Right: Trent Schmidt 
'Competes in pole vault. 

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Racing to the 
Finish Line 

by Joshua Rutledge 



















Track season officially started on January 
28 .it the Rod McCravy Memorial in 
Lexington, K\. There, pole-vaulter Mark 
I [olmes matched his best performance, a 
school record from 2005. with a mark of 
151. However, the women's track team 
was without the first ever Division 1-AA11- 
American at Samford, Lauren Blankenship, 
from last semester. 

She had a promising season ahead of 
her. but due to a hip injury, the coaches 
felt it best to hold Blankenship out for 
the 20(H) season. 

"The injury happened in the fall, and 
I thought I'd be able to get back after 
Christmas, but 1 couldn't run more than 
30 minutes," Blankenship said. "It's been 
frustrating not being able to travel and train 
with my teammates, but I've just tried to 
sta\ on to]) by working out on mv own and 
getting some of my times back up." 

On February 1 1th, the teams traveled 
to S.C. to compete in the Clemson Tiger 
( lassie, where three school records were 
set. Laura Malnati won the high-jump 
competition at the event with a jump ol 
5'06, tying her school record. 

For the men's track team, the Clemson 
Tiger ( lassie was also a great start to the 
season. ( Cameron Bean, who was named 
( )VC freshman of the year in 2005, set a 
personal record in the 3000 meter. "It's 
been a great first season. The team has 
bonded reallv well, and it's been a lot of 
fun." Bean said. 

Continuing his opening season at the 
OVC Indoor ( Championships in Februai \. 
Bean placed third in the 5000 meter-run 
with a time of 8:47:07. Michael Smith 
earned all-conference honors bv running a 
7.72 in the 55-meter hurdle. 

On the women's nam. the OVC Indoor 
Championships marked a high point in the 

season, adding 77 points to the team total 
and rising to fourth in the OVC. Robvn 
DeBenedet ran a school record 5:06 in the 
mile run, and a 10:24.22 in die 3000 meters, 
winning all-conference honors in both events. 

"Our goal was just to get better every 
week, and I think we were able to do that 
this season," head coach Glenn McWaters 
said. "The players worked out well, and 
there were better results as the season 

"The team has bonded 
really well, and it's been 
a lot of fun." 

From Clemson, the teams headed to 
Tallahassee, Fla. for the FSU Snowbird 
Invitational to kick off the outdoor season. 
Highlighting the trip with a time of 9:47:26 
in the 3000-meter steeplechase, Michael 
Hanson's time was good enough to give him 
first place in the event. Malnati continued 
to impress with her high jump, tying her 
school record once again. "In Tallahassee, 
Hanson and Malnati 's performances got 
the outdoor season off to a great start," 
McWaters said. 

At the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, the 
teams finished in the top 10 seven times. 
Michael Smith ran a 52.98 in the 400-meter 
hurdle, good enough for second. April 
Howell won both the 100-meter hurdle and 
the triple jump. 

After Tuscaloosa, the team continued the 
vear with competitions in Texas, Ark. and 
several other locations in Ala. They finished 
each evenl with quick times, boding well for 
the ( )Y( 1 Outdoor ( Champions. 

With \( IAA regulations allowing for 28 
men to compete and Samford having no 
more than IS at am event, the team could 
not technically finish better than fourth 

in the majority of events, which hampered 
their overall score. 

"We don't have any competitors in a 
number of track and field events, and that 
hurts our score at a lot of tournaments. 
Most of the bigger schools can pick up free 
points against us just by competing in events 
that we can't compete in," McWaters said. ♦ 

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Girls Soccer 

By Jena Hippensteel 

Tanned and toned frames raced back 
and forth across a groomed, grassy field. 
The girls, padded for protection, draped 
themselves in matching uniforms, half of 
the team in one color and half in another. 
With hair pulled back, they were ready for 
the battle as the match began. 

Jogging onto the field, they were pumped 
from the cheers of their beloved fans and 
the pep talk from the coaches. As the) 
mulled plays over in their heads before the 
whistle blew, they were tough physically and 
mentally. The numbers on these backs were 
meant to separate them from the rest of the 
figures from the stands. In the end. thev all 
belonged to one group: girl's soccer. 

When a student signs up for a sport at 
school, they join a family as well as a team. 
For two of this year's entering freshmen, 
Marchele Olds and Cayley Winters, they 
said joining the team was, "easy because 
everyone [was] so welcoming." 

This year's leadership fell into the hands 
of Coach Todd Yelton, assistant coaches 
Brian Cophan and Jay Yelton and seniors 
Emily Morris and Marian Wagner. Olds 
described them as competitive, fun, and 
genuine. 'You [could] tell they actually 
cared," Olds said. The girls first assembled 
August 19th at 1:00 pm to start training for 
the upcoming season. Little did they know, 
this would be the beginning of a record- 
breaking season. During the actual season, 
the girls had three practices during the 
week along with two games. The girls said 
the grueling practices and sweat-stained 
shirts were worth it in the end. 

( .id's soccer this year was the most 
successful in the school's history. The 
girls won the Ohio Valley Conference in 
regular season. The Ohio Valley Conference 

Tournament also added to the girls list 
of victories. One of the most exciting 
events of the season was during the NCAA 
Tournament. After beating Vanderbilt to 
get to the second round, the girl's faced 
Pepperdine. Even though they lost 2-0, the 
team played with full force. 

At the request of Olds and Winters, there 
is to be a mention of the dedicated soccer 
fans. "Thev are the best in the country," 
they said. With colorful outfits and loud, 
excited voices, the fans followed the team to 
the games. From Illinois to Nashville, the 
fans continued to cheer all year long and 
helped boost the girls' spirits. 

Once the season was over, the girls had a 
break from the demanding soccer schedule 
until after Thanksgiving when working out 
started again. They had "individuals" with 
two or three other teammates and a coach. 
Once February hit, spring season began. 
bringing with it a less intense, yet still 
challenging, season compared to fall. 

Off the practice fields and outside 
stadiums, the girls have formed strong, 
lasting bonds with one another. Some of the 
girls' favorite memories include a trip to a 
lake house, long bus rides full of games to 
pass the time and. of course, memorable 
so< cer games. 

"The girls' soccer team has great 
chemistry," Winters said. Soccer is not a 
burden for them, it is their life. The girls 
take great pride in their accomplishments 
and their second family. ♦ 

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Keeps the Ball Rolling 

By Joshua Rutledge 












For some students the need to play 
competitive sports goes beyond mere 
inti annuals. Even with a few injured players, 
a few unable to compete and the rest forced 
to take on the competition short-handed, 
the men's club soccer team still provided a 
competitive environment. 

"Three of our guvs had season-ending 
injuries last year. I was actually in London, 
so I wasn't even able to be here," team 
captain Kyle Jones said. 

During the first few weeks of the fall 
semester, over 50 students took up tin- 
team's offer to trv out. Only a few made the 
roster, setting the team at twenty players. 
"It's pretty competitive to get a spot," Jones 
said. "Every year we find a few new players 
who can icallv play, though." 

Senior players such as Jones wen 
responsible for picking the 
roster, but input from the 
test of the existing team 
was pooled together as 
well. After the roster was 
finalized, the season officially began. The 
team played opponents such as University 
of Alabama, Ole Miss. University of Georgia, 
Mississippi State and Georgia Tech. 

Font or five games were played on the 
road. Since the team was completely 
student-run, no school funding was 
provided for travel or food expenses. 
Also, the team wasn't provided with adult 
coaches or management. Jones took over 
the job of official coach, captain and team 

"We didn 
we could 

president from former captain Joe Graves. 
"The players on the team are all responsible 
for pitching in to help cover all our costs," 
Jones said. 

The team practiced an average of two 
times per week. "I thought we should have 
practiced more," sophomore player Carson 
Lorentz said. "I think we probably could 
have had a better season if we had taken 
things a bit more seriously." 

Keeping no record of any team or 
individual statistic, the team said they played 
because of love for the game. "Overall, the 
season was pretty disappointing to tell you 
the truth," 

Lorentz said. "We didn't do as well as I 
thought we could, but it was still fun. It's 
always fun to travel and spend time with 
the guvs." 

't do as well as I thought 
, but it was still fun." 

The schedule ended after the fall 
semester, but the team had by no means 
finished playing. Thev played indoor soccer 
during the spring, hoping to keep their 
game sharp. The indoor league presented 
an opportunity for the team to build 
together for the upcoming season. "We 
have a couple new guys coming next year 
that should be pretty good, so I'm looking 
forward to seeing what we'll be able to do," 
Lorentz said. ♦ 

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Triumph on the Court 

hv Huntrr Denson 









Storming up the court and up the Ohio 
Valley Conference, the men's basketball 
team, led by Coach Jimmy Tillette, compiled 
an overall record of 17 and eight, stymieing 
opponents with their court strategies and 
shooting techniques. 

Piloted by senior Robert Men in, who was 
third in the nation for highest three point 
percentage, the Bulldogs piled up a 13 and 
five record in the OVC with a home court 
advantage throughout the fust round of 
the conference tournament. The Bulldogs 
ranked second in the conference behind 
Murray State. 

Freshman forward Bryan Friday said, 
"The Bulldogs seven game winning streak 
was most definitely the best part of the 
season." With this winning streak, the 
Bulldogs earned victories over teams such as 
Tennessee Martin and Jacksonville 
State I fniversity. 

"This year's team has several qualities that 
have helped them achieve success, but one 
stands out from the others," coach Tillette 
said. "The main quality that creates success 
on the court is toughness, and the team 
exemplified this trait with their 
man) victories." 

One of the most notable victories 
occurred when ESPN LJ visited the campus. 
In their first nationally televised game, the 
Bulldogs shot 549r, from the floor defeating 
Morehead State 76-54, led in performaiu e 
h\ Merritt and sophomore center 
Travis Peterson. 

Heading into their final road trip to 
( )hio University, Southeast Missouri and 
Eastern Illinois, the Bulldogs faced tough 
competition that prepared them foi their 
postseason tournament. Playing against 
Tennessee Tech in the first round of the 
OVC tournament, the Bulldogs fought for 
the \it tory 73-66 behind junior Jerry Smith 
and his 10 for 12 shooting from the free 
throw line. 

"Out biggest \i( tot v was over Tennessee 
State in the first round ol the conference 
tournament because that was the first time 

that we had ever won an ( )VC tournament 
game. That game gave us confidence going 
into the semifinals against Tech," 
Merritt said. 

In the finals, the Bulldogs battled against 
Murray State for the conference crown 
but fell short despite Merritt's career high 
of 8 three pointers. Though they lost the 
championship to Murray State, Merritt 
said they still had a successful season with a 
bright future for next year. 

"I thought that we had a very successful 
year for Samford basketball." Merritt said. 
"We obviously would have liked to beat 
Murray State for the OVC championship, 
but we gave it all that we had and came 
up a little short. The best part about this 
season is that we put Samford back on top 
of the OVC. The players got a taste of what 
it is like to be in the championship game 
and next year that should help give them 
experience and confidence to hopefully win 
the conference." ♦ 

Far left: Randall Gulina 
listens as his teammate 

explains the »,imc plan. 

Below: Jem Smith prepares 
to pass the ball to a fellow 

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138 Entr 

Far left: Hie Bulldogs work 
together to dunk the ball and 
s( ore the winning points. 

Left: Jason Black dribbles the 
ball down the < ourt. 

Below: Samford'sJ. Robert 
Merritt, the 2006 Ohio Valley 
t lonference Player of the Year, 
goes up against three players to 
bring the Bulldogs a vi> tory 

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to Victory 

by Hunter Denson 

If you walked into Seibert Hall in the 
early part of the fall semester and thought 
you heard thunder, you probably heard the 
women's basketball team working 
on their game and preparing for the 2005- 
2006 season. 

Led by second time All Conference 
sophomore forward Alex Mundav. the Lady 
Bulldogs stormed to a best ever 21 and 
eight record while also earning a Rating 
Percentage Index of 103, their highest in 
the program's history. 

"This years season was a huge step 
forward for a program that has only been 
around eight years," sophomore guard 
MaKenzie Spruiell said. "The success 
this year has been thrilling." 

Although the season started with 
a loss to Birmingham Southern, the 
Bulldogs enjoyed an eight game winning 
streak ending with 
Tulane University. 

As the Bulldogs came into the OV( I 
Tournament, they drew a match-up with 
Jacksonville State in the first round, a game 
they played at home in front of cheering 
fans. Helped by the performance of junior 
guard Chelsee Insell and her double 
contribution of 25 points and 10 rebounds, 
the Bulldogs scraped out a win 58-56 to 
move on to the semifinals and came one 
step closer to the championship. 

The Bulldogs moved on to face Southeast 
Missouri in the semis and. though thev 
hauled hard, eventually fell 59-52 to close 

their season. Their many victories placed 
them second in the OYC, finishing behind 
Tennessee Tech L'niversitv. 

At the Tennessee State game, Mundav set 
the school record for points in a game with 
34, beating the previous record of 33 set bv 
Jodi Morris in 1999. "I actually didn't know 
that I set the record for the most points in 
a game," Mundav said. "I just went out and 
played and hoped that my shot was going to 
be there. I guess it was just a good night." 
The Bulldogs shot an incredible 51.1 ' i from 
the field during that game and ran away with 
the victory 67-42. 

"I just went out and played 
and hoped that my shot was 
going to be there. I guess it 
was just a good night." 

Despite Munday's achievements this year, 
she said the best thing about the season was 
spending time with her team. "The whole 
season was great. It was just fun to get to play 
with and hang out with my teammates. The) 
are awesome people to be around." 

The success of the Bulldogs this season also 
won their coach Mike Morris the OVC (loach 
of the Year award. Coach Morris attributed 
the team's success to his players. "They are 
tough, skilled and knowledgeable at how to 
play the game unselfishlv while putting forth 
incredible effort," Mortis said. ♦ 

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Right: Megan Wilderotter 
blocks her opponents to 
protect the ball. 

Far right: Taryn Towns 
dribbles the ball down the 

Below: Alex Munday runs 
down the court. Chelsee 
Insell anticipates a pass 
from teammate Cora Beth 

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Right:. Louis Rojas sends 
ihe Wall into i ighi licld. 

( )pposite page: Josh Ehmke 
pitches the ball. 

In only the second season for this new 
coaching staff, the Samford Baseball team 
proved they are ready to make and leave a 
mark in the Samford Legacy. The team led 
the Ohio Valley Conference for most of the 
season and ended up placing second in the 
OVC Championship. 

Senior Matt Ailing, who transferred to 
Samford and overcame injury, summed up 
the season. "Given our team's success, 
I wouldn't trade this season for anything 
in the world. Our team has great 
chemistry, and we play really well together," 
Ailing said. 

The team's success showed at the 
conference tournament with several 
wins leading them to the semi-finals and 
defeating Eastern Kentucky University 24-6. 
Then, the Bulldogs went to the finals. 
In the finals, the team experienced an 
upset against Jacksonville State University 
losing 8-7. 

At the beginning of the season, their 
goal was to just make it to the tournament. 
Not only did they get to the tournament, 
but they placed second in the conference 
ending their season with a final record 
of 34-25. 

The team experienced several victories 
throughout the season as they declared 
victories on their two biggest contenders. 
Samford defeated Ole Miss, 2-3, and 
Auburn, 5-4, making these games some of 
the greatest highlights of the season. 

Coach Casey Dunn said he was also 
impressed with the victories against 
Troy State University and Jackson State 
University, both of which are in-state rivals. 
Another success was winning the 15 inning 
game against Southeastern Missouri. 

The team's "emotional leader," as Dunn 
said, is senior Trey Moody. "I have been 
impressed by the cohesion that has allowed 
the team to blend well together throughout 
the year," Dunn said. 

The team has welcomed many new 
players in hopes of filling the shoes of the 
seven seniors who are leaving the program. 
Dunn said he is excited about the new 
leaders emerging and the talents they 
will bring. 

Senior Hunter Tubbs said, "The team has 
done really well this year. We pretty much 
have a brand new squad, and everyone has 
come together and learned each other's 
personalities and playing styles." 

"Given our team's success 
I wouldn't trade this season 
for anything in the world." 

The team also experienced more fan 
support this year, which helped boost 
team morale. Dunn said fans have been 
a great addition to the games, and he 
hopes this will continue as the team 
continues winning. 















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The women's Softball team completed 
their season with a record of 20-38. Despite 
their losing season, the Bulldogs gained 
many honors. Not only were they led by a 
coach, Beanie Ketcham, who was asked to 
serve as assistant coach for the U.S. women's 
sof'tball team and boasts more wins than any 
other Samford Softball coach, hut 
the team also included main 
record-setting players. 

Junior right fielder Shelley Stanley set 
the Samford record for home runs, with 
25, while freshman Stephanie Royall was 
honored with Ohio Valley Conference 
Pitcher of the Week on April 24. Also, as 
a team, the Bulldogs set the record for 

a single-game steal with seven against 
Tennessee St. tie on Match 26. And they set 
the record for single-season steals with 
more than 70 runs. 

Through the tough season, the women 
took man) lessons away from it. "This season 
is one that none of us could have expected," 
Royal! said. "Even through the tips and 
downs and the stuff going on off the field, 
it was a rewarding season. It was some-thing 
we couldn't have learned if we'd had a 
winning season." 

Ketcham said she was disappointed with 
the season but not with the girls. "There 
have been a lot of things off the Held 
that people don't know about that have 

contributed to their performance, but our 
kids have battled hard through the season," 
Ketcham said. "They learned a lot as a 
team, and they've grown a lot as a team. I'm 
proud of the wav they persevered." 

The freshmen were a great addition to 
the Bulldog lineup. According to Ketcham, 
"The freshmen have really contributed to 
the team, with Royall leading the way." 

"They learned a lot as a 
team, and they've grown a 
lot as a team. I'm proud of 
the way they persevered." 

The feeling is reciprocated by the team. 
Ketcham helped the team through the 
season with her unique methods, Royall 
said. "Coach Ketcham is a tough competitor, 
which you have to be in college sports. Even 
though we haven't been winning, she's able 
to find motivation in it, instead of coming 
down on us hard about it," Royall said. "She 
has been a great inspiration to us." 

According to Royall, the highlight of 
the season was when the women swept 
Southeast Missouri in late April. "It was one 
of the best moments," Royall said. "It came 
together, and we had a great time doing it." ♦ 

I, ill: With one swing, 
Shelley Stanley connects 
with the ball. 

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A Stroke 
of S u ccess 

by By Kendra R. Buckles 

For the 1 1 players on Samford's men's 
golf team, the game is not merely a leisurely 
pastime. It is a sport which they pursue with 
the same passion, dedication and rigorous 
schedule as that of players in more visible 
sports on Samford's campus. 

Five days a week, the 1 1 team members 
practice from the time their classes end 
until the sun goes down. The team is able 
to utilize approximately 10 courses in the 
Birmingham area for practice. "People 
don't realize that we practice four to five 
hours a day," team captain Reed Davis 
said. "It is a lot of practice time and a lot of 

Because of their hard work in 2005, 
the team of two seniors, four juniors, four 
sophomores and two freshmen began 
the 2000 spring season as conference 

In the spring of 2005, the team won the 
Ohio Valley Conference tournament, which 
they hosted at the Burning Tree Golf Course 
in Decatur, Ala. It was the first conference 
championship won by a Samford's men's 
golf team. The team traveled to Palo Alto. 
Calif., to the regional tournament hosted by 
Stanford University in California. Though 
they did not have success in California, 
the conference championship set a 
new precedent for the team. "Winning 
conference was the highlight of last season." 
Davis said. 

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In addition to setting a new 
precedent, the status of conference 
champions brought the team other 
advantages for the 2006 season. First, the 
team gained more recognition on campus 
with the conference win. They were 
ici ognized at the half time of a Samford 
football game and given championship 

However, being conference champions 
gave I hem more perks than just campus 
ic( ognition. "Being in that category 
of teams is a big deal for us. We have 
been recognized in our conference as 
contenders," coach Woodie Eubank, a 
199cS Samford alum, said. "In golf, being 
i ii i »gnized goes a long way." 

Because of their 2003 championship 
status, the team was invited to pla\ in 
the Wofford and Furman Invitational 
tournaments. "We were invited bee ause of 
our great year last year," l).i\is said. 

The Woffard and Furman Invitationals, in 
Spartanburg and Furman, N.C. respectively, 
were two ol the five tournaments the 
teams attended in the Spring of 2006. The 
team finished third out of 12 teams at the 
Wol 1. 1 1 (1 Invitational and third again out of 
18 teams at the Furman Invitational. 

The team also hosted the Samford 
Intercollegiate Tournament where lhc\ 
placed sixth. The men also traveled to 

Jacksonville, Ala., for the Jacksonville State 
Invitational where they finished fifth and 
to Jonesboro, Ark., for the Arkansas State 
Invitational where they finished 11th. 

The team ended its spring season by 
traveling to Paducah, Ky., to defend its OVC 
championship title at the Paducah Country 
Club. Though the men played well, they 
were unable to repeat their championship, 
finishing eighth at the tournament. The 
men finished one stroke behind seventh- 
place Murray State in the three-round 
tournament. Eastern Kentucky won the 10- 
team tournament. 

Nathan Turner led the team at the 
tournament with a three-round score of 
223 (75, 75, 73). He placed 16th overall in 
the tournament, which was his final one at 
Samford. Andrew Villarreal and Bradley 
Pate tied for 25th overall. Reed Davis 
finished 2Sth, with a combined score of 228, 
and Ryan Mayberry tied for 37th overall, 
also in his final Samford tournament. 

Though the team did not win the 
conference title again, they do have 
distinction in Samford golf history. The 
2005-2006 team was the first men's golf 
team to utilize the new S25.000 short green 
which Samford built behind the Softball 
field. On the new green, the team was able 
to practice their chipping and putting. 

"It's been nice this season, especially 

since the weather hasn't been great and 
the local courses have been closed," Davis 
said. "It will help up a lot because not we 
can practice whenever we want to. It is an 

Davis also cited Eubank, the coach of the 
men's golf team for three years, as another 
advantage for their team. "He is a great 
player himself and pushes us very hard. He 
helps us a lot," Davis said. "He has played 
professionally, and it helps to compete with 
someone who has played on the next level." 

Though Davis understood that it is 
hard for the Samford community to 
support them because of their traveling, he 
hopes people recognize their efforts and 
contributions to Samford Athletics. "I want 
people to recognize the golf team's hard 
schedule and work," Davis said. 

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a Win 

by By Kendra R. Buckles 

When the women's golf team met before 
their 2005-2006 season, they decided on a 
team goal- to place in the top three at the 
Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 
April. Though the women did not attain 
their goal, the meeting foreshadowed 
an unexpected aspect of their season- 
unprecedented team unity. 

"We wen" hoping for lop three at 
conference, but it didn't happen," Kelly 
Stout, the onl\ senior on the team, said. 
"1 lowever. this year was the best yet as far as 
personalities working well together. We had 
a lot of fun on the trips, and we even hung 
out other than practice. That is a first in the 
lour years I have played here." 

Practicing rigorousl) everyday of the 
week except Fridavs and Sundays, the team 
played through eight tournaments this year, 

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which led them to the OVC championship. 
Boih their fall and spring seasons consisted 
<>l four tournaments each. 

The (earn began their fall season with 
the Alabama Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate 
in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on September 18th. 
Though the team finished loth, it was the 
breakout tournament for freshman Maria 
Troche, who placed 22nd in her first college 

Next, on October 10th. the team traveled 
to [a< ksonville, Ala., for the Chris Bannister 
( iamei ock ( llassic where the women finish 
10th overall. The women took a week off 
.u\<\ then headed to Clarksville, Tenn., foi 
the Austin l'eav Intercollegiate Tournament 
on Oct. 24-25. They placed eighth out of 17 

The fall season concluded in 
Montgomery, Ala., at the Troy University 
Women's Invitational. The team battled 
rainy conditions to finish in seventh place. 
The tournament was memorable for Troche 
who finished ninth, the highest individual 
finish lot the women in the fall. 

flu- spi in» season began for the- women 
when they placed eighth at the Ann Rhoads- 
Birmingham-Southern Shootout at the Bent 
Brook Goll ( lourse in M( (.alia, Ala., on 
February 21. 

They continued the season on March 6 
when they attended the ISA Lad) Jaguar 
Invitational hosted by the University of 
South Alabama at the Azalea ( it\ ( loll 
( ionise. Thev finished their second 

tournament of the spring season by 
finishing Kith overall. 

For the next tournament the team was 
able to stay in Birmingham. They tied for 
eighth of 15 teams at their own Samford 
University Women's Intercollegiate Golf 
Tournament at Timberline Golf Course 
on March 21. Courtney Warr was the top- 
finisher for the team at 12th place overall. 

The last tournament before the OVC 
championship was the Lady Eagle Classic, 
hosted by Southern Miss, at the Canebrake 
Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss., April 
10-11. The team placed ninth out of 1 1 by 
shooting a combined score of 9b 1 . 

Troche tied for 19th in the tournament, 
with a combined score of 233. Kelly Stout, 
>0ili overall, Stephanie Larson, 39th overall, 
Courtney Warr, 43rd overall, and Ashleigh 
Hicks, 52nd, joined Troche for the Bulldog's 
top five in their final tournament. 

"This tournament was our season 
highlight. We had our best total round 
si oic as a team. We shot a 313 total in the 
second round," Stout said. "We were all 
reall) excited about that." 

Next, the women traveled to the Drake 
Creek Goll Club in Ledbetter. Kv.. on 
\|)i il 18-19 for the OVC Championship. 
Though thev had hoped to finish in the top 
three, thev finished seventh overall with a 
combined score of 972. Rival |ac ksonville 
State won the tournament with a combined 
score of 915. 

Troche led the team in the tournament. 

She finished 15th overall with a combined 
score of 237 in her first conference 

The tournament was also memorable for 
senior Kelly Stout. Not only did she finish 
32nd overall, but she birdied on her very 
last hole as a Bulldog. Three other women 
placed in the tournament. Courtney Wan 
tied for 16th overall, Kellie O'Connell 
finished 29th overall, and Stephanie Larson 
finished 34th. 

Though the season ended at the OVC 
tournament in Kentucky, the awards did not 
end for Troche. The outstanding freshman 
was named OVC Freshman of the Year. She 
was a unanimous pick for the award, which 
was voted on by conference coaches. 

Troche was also named to the OVC All- 
Newcomer team and was awarded second- 
team All-Ohio Valley Conference. 

"Maria played really well this season. She 
had some great rounds, and I was really 
happy for her," Stout said. "Everyone on the 
team was really excited for her." 

Though the team did not meet their 
Hoals this season. Stout is confident thev 
will improve in the future. "I really think 
that everyone on the team has incredible 
talent, but we just haven't played to our 
potential. We have more talent than our 
scores showed," Stout said. "We have- a lot 
of voting players that will eventually play 
reall) well on the college level." 

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Stuart Misncr pelts the 
tennis ball to his opponent. 

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on the Court 

bv Britney Almaguer 






Instead of finding the usual tennis 

courts behind Seibert Stadium with stray 
balls rolling aimlessly, the Samford tennis 
teams found huge mounds ol din and the 
occasional bulldozer. The construction of 
the new multipurpose sports center not 
onl\ displaced west campus parking, but the 
tennis teams were forced to move as well. 

The men's and women's tennis teams 
were relocated to the tennis courts at the 
Lakeshore Foundation, behind Southern 
Progress. Although a change in routine, the 
team handled it in stride. "It was different, 
but you get used to it." sophomore Hank 
Grant said. "A tennis court is a tennis court, 
but it is a lot more difficult to get people to 
come out and watch." 

In the (all. tennis is more ol an individual 
sport. This is the time for the men to start 
c onditioning and begin preparation for 
the mate lies in the spring, which also helps 
form the lineup for the upcoming season. 

This past tall ended with .in invitational 
hosted by Birmingham Southern College. 
The men held strong and defeated two out 
ol the three teams the) competed against, 
Birmingham Southern and 
Jacksonville State. 

The team headed into the spring with 
confidenc e after their first win against 
Northern Alabama. However, the season 
took an uncertain turn when senior player 
Manuel Milctic was sidelined due to a knee 

While unsure about their season's 
future, the men pooled their resources and 
finished with an impressive season behind 
them. ( lompeting against nationally tanked 
teams su< h as Alabama. Auburn. Southern 
Mississippi, Memphis and Southeastern 
Louisiana, the men came out with a 16-10 
overall record. 

To add to the excitement ol the 
upcoming OVC tournament, the Bulldogs 
defeated Jacksonville State 4-0. Junior 
player, Renan Silveira, said. "At |a< ksonville 

State, the team really pulled together. Out 
performance showed how good we could be 
when we all played together." 

Although the Bulldogs were defeated the 
following week at the OVC in a 4-3 win for 
Tennessee Tech, the team members said 
they are proud of their season. "I think we 
did really well considering our number one 
guy had to sit out this season," Mistier said. 
I'm very proud of our team. We could've 
had a horrible season, but instead it turned 
out to be really good." 

"Our performance showed 
how good we could be when 
we all played together." 

Finishing 9-0, Grant and junior Stuart 
Misner, came out undefeated in the 
conference doubles match for the second 
consecutive year. Among other honors the 
men's team received, Misner and senior 
player Johnny Griffee were named All-OVC. 
Misner was named first-team All OVC after 
completing 13-7 overall and 9-0 in the 
conference tournament. Griffee was named 
second-team All OVC for his performance 
of 13-5 overall and 8-1 in the conference. 

On a note of his own, junior player 
Bradley Weaver was recognized for his 
dedication to strength training and 
conditioning when he was named the 
National Strength and Conditioning 
Association Ail-American. This honor, 
awarded through nominations, was given to 
onlv 242 collegiate athletes out of 
1 lit) schools. 

Looking back on the season. Grant said 
team camaraderie was an important aspect 
of the team's success. "The team unity was 
awesome." (.rant said. "Just good friends 
who trust each other out on the courts 
made the work a lot easier." ♦ 

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Lauren Pitcher runs up the 
court with her raquet ready. 

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The goal was set before the season even 
began. This vear was going to be the vear 
the Samford women's tennis team would 
reclaim the title of Ohio Valley Conference 
champions. Alter winning the title of 
Conference champions in 2004, their sights 
have never strayed far from 
that honor. 

The women's team held tightly to that 
goal the entire year. "The team came 
together better this year," freshman Amber 
Dyar said. "Every single person was fighting 
for every point." Several new additions 
strengthened the team's already powerful 
team. Freshmen such as Whitney Flesher, 
Whitnie Warren, and red shirt Dvar, helped 
increase the women's team. 

The women finished the fall season with 
two wins in the Birmingham Southern 
Tournament First, they defeated OVC 
opponent Jacksonville State 7-0. The women 
won all si\ singles matches and two ol the 
three doubles matches in the tournament 
Thev continued this dominance and won 
(>-l over rival Birmingham-Southern. The 
spring season followed suit and started with 
a win against Northern Alabama, 7-0. 

While enduring two hours of practice 
a daw they worked harder than ever and 
with even mote determination throughout 
the season. Not once, according to Dyar, 
did thev lose focus of the end goal. Even 
moving practice to an off-campus location. 
the Lakeshore foundation, didn't stifle 
their determination. Thev adjusted quickly 
to the change, and in the end, it worked out 
in their favor. It provided fewer distractions 
and gave them more of a chance to focus on 
techniques to teach their ambitions. 

With all of these lac tors, it was just the 
ticket to send them straight to their second 
OVC win in three years. The women headed 
into conference with vei \ lew losses and a 

strong season under their belt. The team 
rose to the top after being seeded as the 
number two team in the tournament. After 
beating one of their main competitions, 
the Murray State Racers, in the second 
round, the team said thev knew they were 
on their way to victory. This gave them 
added confidence and by the third round, 
the tennis team sealed a 4-2 success over the 
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. 

Notable performances during the season 

"The team came together 
better this year. Every sin- 
gle person was fighting for 
every point." 

included sophomore Katie McMiller, who 
received first team All OVC honors for 
her accomplishments at the conference 
tournament. She came out of the season 
with 14-4 overall and 9-1 in singles. Junior 
plaver Sarah McKev and sophomore Anna 
Jackson were named second team All OVC. 
Thev finished overall with a 12-2 and 11-7, 
respectively. McMiller and Jackson were also 
named OVC Athletes of the Week during 
the course of the season. 

As the women geared-up for their trip to 
the 2006 NCAA Tournament, they finally 
saw their hard work come together. The 
quickly approaching tournament was not 
only evident in their practices, with more 
match play and less conditioning, but also 
in the obvious excitement. "It is reallv neat 
because it's something you don't expect 
from a small school in Alabama." Dvar said. 
While- this may be true, in the words of 
American tennis player Arthur Ash, "Start 
where vou are. Use what vou have. Do what 

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The Ocho Returns 

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Mou's Divsion Champions 
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Co Rec Division Champions 
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Women's Division 1 1 linmpioii* 

Women's Divsion II Champions 

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Co-Rec Division Champions 
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Flag Football 


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Women's Division I Champions 
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Women's Division II Champions 
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Flag Football 


Men's Division I Champions 
Fighting Redwood 

Men's Division II Champions 
The Artte Foxes 


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Women's Division Champions 
Da Blfi SUcks 


Men's Division II Champions 
Film Actors Guild 

CoRec Division Champions 
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Ultimate Men's Division Champions 

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Volleyball Woman's ft Champions 

Pill Pushers 

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Sweat for a Smile 

by Britney Almaguer 

How did Samford stay happy? Was it a beau- 
tiful day lounging on the quad, a favorite 
dessert in the caf, an "A" on a test, a paper 
extension or a cancelled class? All of these 
may have brightened a student's day but 
one more thing must be added: intramural 

Exercise produces endorphins, 
and the endorphins have proved to help 
boost emotional and physical well-being. 
Some even claim they make you happy, 
which is why intramurals kept the high mo- 
rale on campus. 

According to Nick Madsen, head of campus 
recreation, "Intramural sports are a way for 
the students to stay active at the recreational 
level. Intramurals give students the chance 
to stay active and competitive after high 
school. Many of the students who played in 
high school want to go on and play in col- 
lege, mavbe just not at the varsity level." 
Fifteen intramurals were offered in the (all 
and spring semesters including flag football, 
bowling, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, tennis, 

volleyball, kickball, racquetball, basketball, 
bowling, ultimate frisbee, soccer, softball, 
dodgeball and tennis. 

For those who worried that it might get too 
competitive or not serious enough, never 
fear for there were two leagues. The A 
league was competitive and the B league was 
more recreational. 

Senior Rob Culpepper, who participated in 
all but a handful of the intramural sports 
offered, said, "It's a great excuse for a studv 
break because you have a team out there 
counting on you showing up. It really 
brings people together beyond the class- 
room, and it promotes fitness and a fun. 
active lifestyle. It's like going to the gym in 

Intramurals were open to any student, 
faculty, or faculty family member and were 
completely student run. Madsen said that 
their philosophy on intramurals is, "For the 
students, by the students." Even though stu- 
dents were the officials and referees for the 
games, Madsen said that a professional staff 
was put out there to make sure the students 
did their job. 

Although 15 sports were offered, Madsen 
said. "If students have any ideas of a new 
intramural sport, we're willing to work with 
them and try it out." 

Relieving Stress, 

One Game at a Time 

By Hunter Denson 

To relieve stress, some students hurled 
balls and Frisbees at each other, literally. 
This year dodgeball and ultimate Frisbee 
were introduced into intramural sports, 
offering three divisions including men's, 
women's and co-recreational. 

Several teams formed, each showing off 
their members' ability at the art of clucking 
and dodging as they made their way 
toward the culmination of their efforts: the 
intramural championship and the bragging 
rights that come with it. 

These matches were events of extreme 
intensity, and many were accented by loud 
music and fierce followings of fans that 
cheered on their teams, hoping for a victory. 
Those on the sideline watching were treated 
to an amazing display of highly skilled teams 
fighting for victory with everything they had. 

Shanna Killebrew, a sophomore who 
played for the co-recreational dodgeball 
team known as the "Gypsies" said, "The 
level of play was very intense and full of 
drama." She also said that the skills of 
those involved were very high, making for 
close and exciting games. While the teams 
wanted to win their division ind devastate 

the opposition, many just enjoyed the 
opportunity to plav and take part in a team. 

"Definitely, the most important part of 
the season was just to enjoy it and have 
fun," sophomore Zeta dodgeball teammate 
Hannah Gilstrap said. Even though the 
Zeta team fell short of the championship, 
Gilstrap said they enjoyed even 1 game. 

"Definitely, the most 
important part of the 
season was just to 
enjoy it and have fun." 

As the regular season came to a close, 
teams began preparing for the end-of-the- 
year tournament, which would decide what 
team would be the league champion. 

The format of the tournament was single 
elimination, making the margin for error 
very small, and thereby increased pressure 
for the teams as they went into 
the tournament. After the dust settled. 
only three teams still stood to accept their 
place as the 2005 intramural champions. 
Representing the Men's division was Los 

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1 ,ii It 1 ( J.isuii Wi< ker gets 
ready to pummel the lull at 
his opposing team. 

Left: Andrew Searles prepares 
Ui (ln(l'.n as Ik stands n ad\ 
with a ball in his hand for his 

Below: Utimate Frisbee play- 
ers display an intense shovs "t 
skill and athletii ability 







L.ocos Banditos, fierce competitors with a 
Latin Hair. 

Winning the Women's division were their 
counterparts Las Locas, and taking the Co- 
Recreational title was that sound of terror 
that plagued those whom they played, Ba Ba 

As exciting as the dodgeball season was. 
ultimate Frisbee proved to be no slouch 
when it came to excitement and drama. 
Strategicallv played by tossing a disk 
from teammate to teammate down the 
field and into the other team's end zone, 
ultimate Frisbee made for an enjoyable and 
challenging sport for anyone 
who participated. 

The season was filled with mam 
spe< ta< ular grabs and gut wrenching 
downfield drives throughout the 
semester. Though the games were 
particularly intense and competitive, 
everyone enjoyed themselves. 

Joseph Rhea, a member of the team 
Something Clever said, "I just enjoyed the 
opportunity to go out and play. The most 
important factor was just to have fun, win 
or lose." ♦ 

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A girls intramural team 
lakes the Geld foi game i ii 
flag football. 

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A Race 

for the 

Joshua Rutledge 

Flag football is traditionally the largest 
intramural sport on campus. From the first 
week of competition there was no lack of 
excitement as 700 students, making up 
70 teams of 10 players, competed in two 
leagues, A-League and B-League. 

The leagues were marked bv teams who 
took the competition quite seriously and 
teams that played in a more laid-back, 
fun environment. 

"Men and women's A-league was the 
competitive league, and men and women's 
B-league was the recreational. A-league 
could get pretty intense. We have to remind 
them every once in awhile that we are 
competing for a t-shirt," coordinator of 
campus recreation Nick Madsen said. 

A-league's .Alpha Delta Pi picked up 
where they left off the previous year, with 
their defense pulling them through the 
games. "In the last three years, we have been 
scored upon only once," Team Captain 
Andrea Redus said. So far, they 
are undefeated. 

Along with Alpha Delta Pi, A-league teams 
such as the Nasties, a team compiled of 
plavers from the baseball team, also enjoyed 
success as they strived to experience a stiffer 
and stronger field of opponents. "In the 
past, there have been teams that dominate, 
but this year it was prettv spread out. 
Anybody could win," Madsen said. 

In the more recreational B-league. 
fun and less competitiveness marked the 
makeup of the different teams. For 
Kristen Philips, a freshman player for the 
Pittman Princess', intramural flag football 
was far from intense. "We're not very 
athletic or anything like that, but we have a 
lot of fun," Philips said. 

With the difference between A-league 
and B-h-ague teams being the difference 
between serious competition and laid-back 
fun, a mistake in scheduling placed the 
freshman of Smith 2nd West's team, 
Kyle-A-Paloosa, in a place they didn't expect 


to be, A-League. "We got put in the 
A-league, and we haven't even scored yet, 
but the team is still having fun," team 
captain Andy Sisk said. 

Games were filled with dramatic plays, 
some planned and others just the luck of 
the draw. Leaping into the air, Sigma Chi 
quarterback Dan Strickland batted the 
football backwards to his teammate, Josh 
Williams, just before Strickland's flag was 

"Making a 360 degree turn in midair, 
then taking the ball up the field for about 
a 40 yard gain, it was almost as if Josh had 
planned it," Madsen said. "There have been 
the usual statue of liberty plays and stuff like 
that, but that one play stands out in 
my mind." 

The Turf Terrors, made up of a group 
of freshmen girls from Vail dorm, didn't get 

"We're not very 
athletic or anything, 
but we have a lot 
of fun." 

a chance to play their first couple games 
due to forfeit, but they got the chance to 
play their first game during a rainstorm 
against The Quixotic. "We finally got to play 
our third game. We played in the rain, and 
it was great," Erin Bradford said. The Turf 
Terrors made the most of limited playing 
time, defeating The Quixotic 52-0. 

For a number of teams, the most exciting 
game came during family weekend when 
two women's teams competed on the new 
turf at Seibert Stadium. "I thought it was 
exciting playing on the turf. Our team was 
hyped. We played a B-team, so we thought 
we would win easily, but they kept us on our 
toes," Las Locas player Stephanie Norwood 
said, "It was nice." to have more than seven 
people come watch us play. It added a 
different feel to the game." ♦ 

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. Playin- 

for the LOVe Of tK3 

by Jena Hippensteel 

As soon as the flowers started blooming 
and the chill of winter subsided, many 
Samford students put down their textbooks 
and picked up their softball gloves. With 50 
different leagues, including both men and 
women's teams, intramural softball was the 
largest co-recreation game on campus. 

The games were played at night either on 
the intramural field or the soccer field. Each 
team was guaranteed at least four games, 
and they were rated on sportsmanship. The 
rules of the game were different than the 
rules of regular softball: the games were 
limited to seven innings or 50 minutes, the 
count began at one and one, two fouls were 
considered a strike, no bunting was allowed 
and only one homerun per game was 
allowed for each team. 

"Because only one homerun is allowed 
and the fields are small, players have to use 
strategy," Nick Madsen, director of Campus 
Recreation, said. 

A team consisted of at least eight players 
and no more than 10. For co-rec teams, an 
equal number of males and females had to 
be on the team. 

Natalie Mayor, a freshman on the AOPi 
team said, "It's fun and gets pretty intense. 
We play on grass fields, which isn't as great 
as the real field, but the game helps get out 
some aggression built up from the week." 

On April 30th, playoffs hosted a number 
of teams including Samford Sunday, the 
Fighting Emus, On the Way Out, Family 
Reunion, Houdini's Last Stand, Belskis' 
Beauties, Dirty Dozen and Team 10 in the 
first round. The Ambulance Chasers, Values 
Violators, Cincinnati Bowties and the Arctic 
Foxes proceeded into the second with byes 
in the first. 

On May 8th, teams played in four 
tournaments to determine the champions 
of the season. For co-rec CS Haters beat 
Obliterated with a final score of 10-9. In the 
women's league, Da Big Sticks won against 
the Pharmgirls 9-6. Men's A League was 
between Pharmbovs and Sigma Chi with an 
8-2 victory. And for the Men's B League, the 
Artie Foxes beat Family Reunion 10-2. 

"We had some pretty 
awesome catches and a 
pretty awesome team." 

The winners of the championship game 
received t-shirts. "It's all about the coveted 
t-shirts," campus recreation intern Lance 

Kearns said. "We had some pretty 
awesome catches and a pretty awesome 
team. We lost a lot but overall it was tons 
of fun. I think I'm going to play again next 
year," Meg Lozner, a member of the Red 
Jaguars team. said. ♦ 

162 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Compete 

Compete ♦ Entre Nous 2006 163 



connect (k-nkt) 

connected, connecting, connects 

v. Participating in various activities on 

campus including extracurricular clubs 

166 Behind the Scenes 

168 Marching to the Beat 

1 70 Shall We Dance? 

172 Discovering Diversity 

1 74 Notes of Praise 

176 One Homeless Night 

1 78 Gamma Sigma: Girls With a Mission 

1 80 Engaging Students One Page at a Time 

1 82 A Celebration for Education 

1 84 Sharing the International Gift of Music 

1 86 Debating About the Best 

188 Organizations 

Connect ♦ Entre Nous 2006 L6J 

Above from left to right: The 
Student Executive Board 
of SGA: Matt Harris, in, 
Melissa Poole, Casey Clardy, 
Katie Horrell, Daniel Crane, 
Christina Knox, Austin 
Bourgeois and Taylor Clement. 

Right: Students work in the 
SGA office. 

166 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Connect 

Behind the Scenes 

bv Suzie Horner 

















Most Samford students see the Student 
Government Association as the planner of 
events such as Welcome Back, Homecoming 
and Step Sing. However, the events are 
only a fraction of what makes up the SGA. 
Senators meet weekly to evaluate various 
improvements that can be made on campus, 
executive officers meet to discuss how they 
can be a better liaison between faculty and 
students and appointed students assess 
thousands of parking 
tickets a month. 

Matt Harrison, president of 
the SGA, oversees all the various 
branches. When he was elected. 
Harrison said that he had to 
commit to taking fewer school 
hours in order to have the time to 
devote to the position. He meets 
weekly with Dean Franklin, the executive 
board and main other administrators, 
students and faculty 
to hear their concerns. 

"To be honest, I'm still not sure what 
I'm supposed to do. Everyone is in charge 
of a particular branch within SGA. but 
I have no specific duties," Harrison said. 
"Much of my time is spent in meetings with 
administrators, and I find that I spend less 
and less time working with actual students. 
It is frustrating because many administrators 
look to me to get a pulse of the student 
body when I'm actually faith removed." 

The vice president for senate. Austin 
Bourgeois, said that working with (In- 
different personalities in the SGA office 
has helped shape his character. 

"I have learned from Melissa Poole and 

Christina Knox, activity chairs, that if you 
are going to do something, to do it well, 
and from Taylor Clement, the treasurer, 
I have learned to speak up for something 
you believe in," Bourgeois said. "Daniel 
Crane, the chief of staff, has taught me that 
hard work pays off, and Katie Horrell, the 
executive assistant, balances us all out. She 
gives her unbiased opinion when you ask 
for it. I've also learned how to be genuine 

"SGA is like a real-world 
business internship. You 
learn how to work but also 
how to relate to different types 
of people." 

and listen to people from Matt." 

Although a lot of work is done in the SGA 
office, eveiy now and then there is some 
time to be loose with each other. Melissa 
Poole, the vice president for activities, said 
that sometimes you can find the officers 
goofing off during late hours. 

"One time we all had a dance party in the 
office at one o'clock in the morning," Poole 
said. "We even have had a 'massage fest' 
late at night, too. Everyone has become my 
familv, especially Christina since we spend 
so much time together. You definitely learn 
how to mix business with fun." 

Despite basing a little fun ever) now 
and then, the SGA officers still do their 
job representing the student body. 
Harrison said that he sees how each officer 
Ills together to accomplish the mission 

of SGA, which is to represent students to 
faculty and administrators 
and to provide events and services for 
the benefit of students. 

"Praise the Lord for the other members 
of the SGA who actually get something 
done while I'm busy running my mouth," 
Harrison said. "It is an honor to be 
entrusted with the duties of SGA president, 
vet it is a personal challenge to me to 
effectively represent students." 

The SGA runs with a combination 
of the officer's time, hard-work and creative 
ideas. Bourgeois said that each member of 
the executive board learns from each other, 
as well as learn how to work with 
different personalities. 

"SGA is like a real-world business 
internship," Bourgeois said. "You learn how 
to work but also how to relate to different 
types of people. It has been a 
great experience." ♦ 

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■■^ to the | 


by Rachel Bennett 

Left foot, right foot, take a huge breath 
and play. Don't mess up the formations 
and keep up with the beat of the song. For 
members of the band, these words are 
all too familiar. 

The band began the year much earlier 
than other Samford students with the 
annual two weeks of band camp which 
consisted of instrument sectionals and 
marching formation lessons. 

But the band did more than just practice. 
It also welcomed its new members into 
band families which were headed bv senior 
"bandies" who hosted several outings 
throughout the year for their group. 

After they practiced, the band was 
geared up for their first performances 
of the marching season: the football 
games. Latin and jazz were the themes for 
this year's marching performances. Many 
students said the audience loved this year's 
themes because they were upbeat and 
exciting. "The audience and the performers 
enjoyed it on both sides," freshman pre- 
pharmacy major Kalah Turner said. 

In addition to the usual marches, the 
band also performed in the Birmingham 
Veteran's Day parade. This was a highlight 
of the year for many band members because 
<>l the solemn reminder of all who gave 
their lives for their country. 

The marching season did not end until 
the last basketball game Of 2005. By then the 
band's concert season was in full swing with 
the onslaught of Christmas. Each year the 
band performs a Christmas concert, 
and this year was no different. 

After Christmas break, the band prepared 
for a tour of performances to schools in 
Atlanta area. The spring outdoor concert in 
April at Samford was last big event of 
the year. 

Although this was the first year the band 
was without its long-time director. Jon 
Remely, the new director Phil Min said the 
band adjusted very well to his leadership. 
Not onlv did their cooperation make his job 
easier, but it also allowed the band to grow 
as a team and perform their best. 

"Thev are all dedicated and good 
members and want to have a good time, too, 
which makes the job worthwhile." Min said. 
The band participants also had the same 
feeling about him. "He made it a lot of fun," 
senior earlv childhood development major 
Lauren Gilbert said. 

"The best part about band was being able 
to do something I love with people who love 
it as well." Turner said. 

168 1- ntre \<>ns 2006 ♦ ( lonneci 

Above left: The marching 
hand exits the stands for 
their half rime show. 

Above: The band and col- 
Orgaurd perforin their latin 
and jazz inspired show. 

Left: The drum line ex< ites 
students for the Homecom- 
ing game. 

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Far righ 

: A couple twirls 

to the beat while swing 



at Swing Kids 
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Shall We Dance? 









by Katie Bullock 

Feet moved rapidly across the hard wood 
of a gym floor. Sounds of laughter and 
music tilled the air as eager students boldly 
showed off their dancing skills. In this 
laid-back atmosphere, it's no surprise that 
students continually returned every week 
to learn new steps at Swing Kids. 

On Thursday nights in Bashinsky 
Fieldhouse, starting around 9 pm, the 
music played and shrieks of delight were 
heard as feet went flying on the dance floor. 
It became a drop-in dance party where 
students could come and go all night, using 
it as a study break for that massive midterm 
on Friday morning or their once-a- 
week shin-dig with no curfew. 

Swing Kids was not limited to those 
with previous dance knowledge. 
For some regulars, the newcomers 
who had never danced before were 
their favorite dance partners. The 
"regulars" who made Swing Kids 
a priority to their weeklv activities 
included those with "diverse backgrounds 
and fields of study creating a range of 
random experiences," said Swing Kids 
secretary Lauren DeCarlo, a senior 
religion major. 

As one of the most diverse groups on 
Samford's campus, members of Swing Kids 
gravitated to each other every week to 

dance, but they also ate together in the Caf 
and hosted movie nights "It's like a family," 
Elizabeth Harris, Swing Kids' Co-Publicity 
officer and sophomore pre-pharmacv major 
said. Member diversity ranged from interior 
design to geography, religion to history, 
Greek to independent and more. Similarly, 
the age of this group ranged from freshmen 
to alumni and included local Birmingham 
residents, even some members of the 
Birmingham Ballroom Dance Association. 

So how did such different people 
become friends? "It began simply as a 
place for Samford people to have a place 

"We are the embodiment of 
an ideal: We're more than 
dancers, more than typical 
college kids. We're the 
Swing Kids." 

to do swing/ballroom when no other 
places in Birmingham offered the chance. 
Swing Kids has grown to be a great social 
organization that rivals the more formal 
organizations on campus. Despite its lack 
of dues, dress codes and other tactics used 
to develop loyalty, Swing Kids still succeeds. 
It does so with the simple request, 'Give 

it a try... if you don't like it that's ok with 
us.' Many come and some stay. Those who 
keep coming each week form one of the 
most unique groups of friends on campus. 
That is why we dance. That is why we keep 
coming back," said Chris Davis, a 2004 
alumni history major. 

Shylan Bearden, Swing Kids' Vice- 
President/Treasurer, a junior interior 
design major said, "Dancing is such a joy 
and relief to me that were I to miss swing for 
even one week would seriously hamper my 
mental stability and nobody wants that! It 
also gives me an outlet to express who I am." 
When asked what made her start coming to 
Swing Kids, she said, "I love to dance!" 

Jessica Baril, a sophomore religion major 
described Swing Kids dancing as "freeing." 
'You and your partner become one on the 
dance floor. The dance becomes part of you 
as you add your own style and slip in your 
favorite moves. It is so much fun," Baril said. 

The guys get excited about the stunts they 
do at Swing Kids. While safety is always a key 
element of learning the moves, these guys 
and their dance partners get a little daring 
and creative. Senior religion major Andrew 
Burrow said the coolest stunt he has done 
was when he jumped over a girl's head while 
horizontal to the ground. He prefers "the 
one-hand-floorspin-pullthrough." "When it 
works, few things are sweeter," Davis said. 

David Thornton, Swing Kids' President 
and senior Spanish major summed up the 
mission and truly the essence of Swing Kids 
when he said, "Swing Kids has been called 
a place, even a family, among other things. 
But really the Swing Kids are not limited to 
a place or to a group of people. We are the 
embodiment of an ideal: a deep conviction 
that dance is an art form that expresses 
everything from fear to joy to stress-relief 
to just plain fun. We're more than dancers, 
more than typical college kids. We're the 
Swing Kids."* 

Connect ♦ Entre Nous 2006 171 


What began as a small group of students 
who enjoyed going to international festivals 
has become a club that shows Samford 
students the benefits of diversity. 

"It began as a social club," said 
International Club president Hannah 
Gordon. "They were letting people 
be aware of events in the community." 

The International Club was officially 
founded in 2003 with the purpose 
of promoting awareness, respect 
and appreciation for varied cultural 
heritages in the diverse family of 
Samford University. Throughout the year, 
International Club supports several 
activities that serve 
its mission. 

Celebration of 
Cultures is one way the 
International Club helps 
promote cultural unity on 
campus. During a week in 
November, special events were scheduled 
to create an international awareness on 
campus. Speakers came and talked about 
international topics and movies were 
available for free to students. The Caf was 
also involved. Each day, a different ethnic 
food was served during lunch. 

One of the main activities of the week was 
a drum circle led by John Scalici, in which 
50 students beat drums for two hours. 

by Laura Dozier 

"The drum circle was huge," Gordon 
said. Scalici was hired by the International 
Club to give students the opportunity to 
experience such a unique experience. 
Scalici travels the country leading drum 
circles like the one students participated 
in during Celebration of Cultures. 

Celebration of Cultures was a success 
for the International Club, and they hope 
to have similar events next year. 

In order to fulfill its purpose more 
effectively, the International Club has made 
several changes this year. "We're becoming 
more organized and planning more events," 
Gordon said. 

"We need to learn about each 
other by crossing cultural barriers. 
And International Club is helping 
to do that." 

In addition to preparing events for the 
entire campus, the International Club also 
offers members-only activities. "We had 
a sushi party," Gordon said. Two Korean 
students taught 20 members how to make 
sushi, which helped students interact with 
each other and cross cultural barriers. 

In addition to organizing and planning, 
the International Club has been involved 
in renovating the Rosa Room in Beeson 

Woods. Soon the Rosa Room will 
be used as a community room for 
students to use. The International Club, 
in collaboration with Residence Life, 
is renovating the Rosa Room in Beeson 
woods in the hope that it will be used 
for tutoring and as a student hangout. 

This year the International Club has 
increased its influence on campus by joining 
with a new program called "Cultural Links." 
Cultural Links was developed by Jennifer 
Hitt, a senior education major, as a way to 
welcome incoming international students. 
Cultural Links helps international students 
adjust to American culture and promotes 
intercultural learning by matching 
international and American students. 

"It's a work in progress," Hitt said. 
Hitt hopes that Samford can continue 
to get involved in reaching out to 
international students. 

"We need to learn about each other bv 
crossing cultural barriers," Hitt said. "And 
International Club is helping to do that." ♦ 

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Notes of Praise 

by Amberleigh Kirk 

If you walked behind Reid Chapel on a 
Thursday evening you probably heard one 
of two things: laughter or voices singing 
worship songs to our King. In other words 
you walked past the weekly rehearsal of 
Student Ministries Choir. 

SMC is a student led choir under the 
umbrella of Student Ministries. This year 
about ninety people were involved in choir. 
A large part of the membership had prior 
experience in a church choir and desired to 
find the same fellowship in college. Other 
members just wanted to be a part of a choir, 
and SMC was their first opportunity to 
join one. 

SMC is not just a choir. Just about any 
member will tell you that it's a family. 
According to third year pharmacy student 
Shelia Goebel, "Thursday night with 
SMC is like Friday game night with your 
family." Transfer student Brent Fielder said, 
"Transferring as a junior was really hard, 
so it was great to find a groups of people 
who share the same passions as me and who 
treated me like a member of the familv. 

The choir meets on Thursdays not only 
to learn music but to spend time with each 

other through prayer groups and fellowship. 
SMC members strived to show their love for 
God by loving people, whether it involved 
talking with the person sitting next to them 
or repairing a home destroyed by Katrina 
SMC members seek to learn how to live 
Hebrews 10:24: "And let us consider how 
we may spur one another on toward love 
and good deeds." Another 

In His Hands and traveled to Richmond, 
Va. In Richmond, they worked with a 
deaf church and an English as a Second 
Language program as well as serving with 
local church's prison ministry. The trip 
ended with a stop in Washington D.C. and a 
final concert in our nation's capital. These 
trips displayed the heart of SMC and its 

theme verse for smc is i "Thursday night with SMC is like 
corimhians 12:4-6: There Friday game night with your family." 

are different kinds of gifts, 

but the same Spirit. There are different 
kinds of service, but the same Lord. There 
are different kinds of working, but the same 
God works all of them in all men." 

Students may have heard SMC singing 
during convo, Lighting of the Way or 
Student Ministries Presents. SMC also went 
beyond the gates of Samford by singing at 
local churches and taking two mission trips. 
In the fall SMC went on a weekend trip to 
Mobile and worked with a hurricane relief 
group in Pascagoula, Miss, as well as with 
an International Ministries Center. Over 
spring break the group teamed up with 
fellow Student Ministries' organization 

desire to be the body of Christ in action. 

It doesn't matter if it was in Birmingham, 
Mobile or Richmond, the members of SMC 
were "doers of the Word" and not merely 
hearers. "I like being able to serve God in 
the Birmingham community and around 
the South through singing," freshman 
business major Allison Nygaard said. 

Director Hollv Kirtley said, "SMC is like 
my family. We sing beautifully. We goof off 
together. It's the place I go when I've had 
a rough dav and need prayer. It's also the 
place I go when I want to have a great dme 
with friends. These are the best friends I've 
made in college." ♦ 

174 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Connect 

Far left: Tim Worley, Matt 
Andrews and Jessica Baril 
goofing off after a concert. 

Left: Director Holly Kirtley 
helps with Hurricane Ka- 
trina clean up in Pascagoula. 

Below: SMC singing at 
Hillcrest Baptist Church in 















Connect ♦ Entre Nous 2006 175 

Students walk downtown 
with servant's hearts as they 
prepare to be homeless for 
a night. 

76 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Connect 



















by Suzie Horner 

As most of us go about our comfortable 
lives here at Samford, a completely different 
world lies beyond us. Thousands of 
impoverished people roam the streets of 
Birmingham daily in search of food, water 
and shelter. (On Friday, October 14, 2005 
Samford students saw a glimpse of what this 
kind of life is like. 

During Urban Mission's Week at Samford, 
the Community Involvement branch of 
Student Ministries fulfilled their purpose as 
an organization In actively getting invoked 
in the community. Community Involvement 
Coordinator, Candis Garner wanted 
students to learn an awareness of poverty, 
but also experience povert) first-hand. We 
had heard about wa\s to i>t't involved all 
week, but this was a tangible wa\ to serve," 
( iarner said. 

Twelve Samford students met at 4 p.m. 
on Friday at the Church of Reconciler in 
downtown Birmingham where the pastor, 
Lawton Higirs shared shocking povertv 
statisiii v as well as painted a real-world 
picture of poverty. 

Garner, a junior elementary education 
major, said Higgs brought up points that she 
had not considered. "I have never thought 
about that they have no where to go to the 
restroom." Garner said. "We at least had 
a ke) to tin- c linn h's bathrooms." 

After Higgs spoke, the 12 students split 
into two groups, one group to the Firehouse 
Shelter and another to Lynn Park. 

Meredith Wells, a sophomore nursing 
major, went to the Firehouse Shelter, an 
all men's housing, where the) served the 
men food, played chess and visited. "When 
we arrived, the men were finishing up drug 
rehab. You could just tell that the men were 

hardened to life," Wells said. "All they are 
looking for is food and shelter and taking 
life day by day." 

Garner said Firehouse accepts 40 men a 
night until 6 p.m. Lights-out is at 8:30, and 
men have to leave by 5 a.m. "The shelter 
enforces these rules to keep men off the 
streets during the bad hours," Garner said. 
"The later in the night, the more apt the 
men are to come in contact with drugs, 
alcohol, and violence." 

Contrary to stereotypical beliefs, the 
homeless travel great distances. In fact, 
Hurricane Katrina has added to the number 
of out-of-state homeless in Birmingham. 
"One man was a contractor from Houston 
and had lost his job because a contractor 
from New Orleans came and took it from 
him," Garner said. "He told me that it was 
a hard thing to break his pride and be on 
the streets." 

Other students went to Linn Park, 
where they passed out food prepared by 
local churches to homeless men, women, 
and even children. 

Sam Noone, a freshman undeclared 
major, said that he didn't really know 
what to chat about with the people. "It 
was kinda hard to know what to talk about," 
Noone said. "You don't want to be offensive 
or condemning. You have to set aside all 
prejudices that you have." 

One man surprised Noone with his 
planned ambitions. "All this one guy 
wanted to do was to get married, and he 
felt like he had a chance." Noone said. 
"He still had hopes and dreams and felt 
like they were achievable." 

After the students had gone to Firehouse 
and L\nn Park, the\ met back at the Church 

of Reconciler where Rob Culpepper led 
them with worship songs. "It was so neat 
to sing all together after an experience 
like that," Wells said. "No one complained 
because we had all been truly humbled." 

At 11 p.m., Panera Bread brought the 
students bread and soup unexpectedly. 
Garner said that they had not eaten the 
whole time. "It was a glimpse of not 
knowing when or where your next meal 
is coming from," Garner said. 

On the concrete loading dock of the 
church, students slept in cardboard boxes 
and were allowed only one blanket. "It was 
cold, but it was the best feeling waking up 
the next morning tired and sick," Wells 
said. "I can't imagine how they (homeless) 
stay warm." 

The next morning at 5 a.m., the students 
woke and went to the Salvation Army on 8th 
avenue to serve food for an hour. "Talking 
to the homeless at Salvation Army was hard. 
At first you don't know what to say," Garner 
said. "I asked them how their day was going, 
and it seems that they have very frustrating 
days. I think they just stand in lines all day." 

Overall, Samford students said they 
learned from the experience, while also 
being humbled by what they have. 

"The best part is that you get to spend 
time with the people and show them love. 
Scripture talks about poor and needy, and 
we are actually helping them," Noone said. 
'You try to get past the bubble that our 
lives are in. When we go help, we get up 
out of out warm bed and safe environment, 
go help for a few hours, and then go back 
to Samford and eat a third of a full plate 
in the cafe. It helped me to be more 
thankful of that." ♦ 

Connect* Entre Nous 2006 177 

Gamma Sigma Sigma 

Girls with a mission 

by Rachel Bennett 

What is Gamma Sigma Sigma? GSS, 
or Girls Service Sorority, is dedicated to 
helping those around in need and the 
community through various service projects. 
The members come from all over campus, 
from every major, are of all ages and are 
all "brought together through service." 
Each entering member has a requirement 
of ten hours per semester to complete in 
service hours while senior members have a 
requirement of fifteen hours per semester. 
With all of the opportunities available 
to them, though few find this a hard 
requirement to meet. 

The goal of GSS, according to President 
Claire Kimberly, "is to reach out to the 
community or even the school through 
service and to bring a group of young 
ladies together and bring bonds 
through service." 

The girls volunteer themselves in the 
community with such projects as Jesse's 
Place, Habitat for Humanity, homeless 
shelters and KickhT It for Kids. "My favorite 
service project is helping with the Christmas 
party the Titusville Library hosts for needy 
children every year. I enjoy seeing the 
smiles on the children's faces as we play 
with them, read to them and give them 
Christmas gifts," said junior classics major 
Katherine Norton. 

Also, the sorority responds to timely relief 
efforts as a result of recent disasters, such 
as hurricane relief. Yet not all of the service 
projects have a strictly serious undertone. 
One of the more popular projects is trick- 
or-treating for canned goods on Halloween 
night instead of candy. Not only do the 
girls gather hundreds of canned goods for 
United Way and dress up in their favorite 
costumes, but they might also get candy in 
the process. 

The biggest accomplishment so far for 
GSS, in Kimberly's eyes, has been a book 
drive for tsunami relief to restock schools 
• iiid libraries in Southeast Asia with the 
valuable books they lost. Over two thousand 
books were donated toward tsunami relief 

by Samford students and faculty alone. 
Kimberly said she loved calling up the 
United Postal Service to tell them that they 
had 31 boxes of books. 

Each year, on average, ten girls rush 
for GSS. Junior biology major Tanya 
Humphries said, "I wanted to pledge so 
I could be more involved in service and 
because I already knew some of the girls 
and I knew how quality they were. I haven't 
been disappointed." 

Girls in GSS spend their extra time 
working in the community around them 
and getting to know their fellow sisters 
better through the various social events the 
sorority hosts. 

"We hold socials, pledge bashes, a formal 
every year, a retreat. We always have a 
Christmas party and random get togethers," 
Kimberly said. 

In addition to their service in the 
Birmingham community, the girls travel to 
,i national convention each year to meet 
their neighboring states' divisions of GSS. 
This vear, they met up with a chapter from 
Georgia, with 150 members, and planned 
many group activities with them. The 
members of GSS are definitely not confined 
to Samford or even Alabama. ♦ 

78 E 


Far left: Every spring 
Gamma Sigma Sigma has 
a formal for an end of the 
year celebration. 

Left: Durring Kill retreat. 
Gamma Sigma Sigma tra\ - 
els to Atlanta. This retreat 
allows the girls to spend 
time getting to know the 
new members. 

Below left: Acting silly, 
Tanya Humphries, Dana 
Springhall, Jasmine Bolden 
and {Catherine Norton take 
.1 quick break while 
performing community 

Below: Ladies of Gamma 
Sigma Sigma host an- 
nual family picnics during 












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One Page at a Time 

by Rod Evans 

ISO Entre Nous 2006 

Left: The third issue i 'I 
Engage under revision. 

Right: Roh Collingsowoi ih. 
Bob Miller and Katie Lantz 
.hi.iK /< 1 ,ngage before il 
goes to the printer. 

Exodus, Entre Nous, Sojourn.. ..Engage? This 
year, Engage, a new student magazine on 
campus, graced many students' hands and 
eyes. Engage is a fresh publication designed 
with the Christian student in mind. The 
mission is to bridge the gap between the 
secular world and the Christian ideals that 
the college student might hold. 

It is a step toward providing the Samford 
student with a glimpse of the outside world 
from a Christian perspective. 

"As we live our lives as Christians." editor 
and sophomore journalism major Rob 
Collingsworth said, "it is important that we 
do not isolate ourselves from the culture 
that surrounds us and that we ask the really 
challenging questions as it relates to how to 
be Christians in this society." 

"Engage magazine seeks to do just this," 
editor and sophomore graphic design 
major Bob Miller said. "It gives the college 
Christian an outlet to engage in intellectual 
conversation about the secular world." 

Engage magazine began as just a concept, 
a simple idea to complete a project for 
Communication Arts, and this idea bloomed 
into so much more. Miller proposed a 
faith-based, student led magazine for the 
Samford community and approached 
Collingsworth about working in conjunction 
with him. From there they explored options 
to make this concept a reality and sought 
the help of Student Ministries. 












"I was so impressed with the idea," April 
Robinson, director of Student Ministries 
said. "These two students coming in as 
freshman, identifying an opportunity to 
build the Sainton! community and going 
alter it wholeheai tecllv has made this one of 
the most i ewarding experiences I've been a 
pan of this year." Robinson suggested that 
the) look to the Samford in Missions grant 
to provide the capital to fund this outreach, 
and she has continued to guide them since. 

Sandifer-Stech director of Samford in 
Missions, approved the funding request lot 
a faith-based community outreach initiative, 
and ibis began Engage magazine as Samford 
knows it. 

"Engage c oin< ides with the mission of 
the Samford in Missions gram oi faith 
and vocation," Robinson said. "We wanted 
in extend thai to include faith, vocation, 
.ind culture from a college Christian 
perspe< live." 

"lac h publication seeks to blur the 
line' between secularism and vocation, 
encouraging the Christian student in 
tangible print form to be a< live and 
pi oactive voic es lor the Gospel," Miller said. 

fhe publication is a lull c olor publication 
with an artistic stvle similai to Relevant 
magazine and is a product ol great 
persistence and diligence. With ever) Engage 
magazine, it takes a tremendous amount 
ol effort to bring the publication to life. 

Dennis [ones, the production supervisor, 
helps the students with the publication 
design and also serves as the liaison between 
the magazine and Commercial Printing. 

"It's amazing that two students can come 
up with a concept for a publication with no 
experience whatsoever, learning everything 
they ireed to know in a year's time," Jones 
said, "flu- 3rd issue coming up will look 
considerably different than the first issue 
because it is a growing experience, the 
progression of getting better at a craft as 
wot king in the field." 

Even as Jones seeks to refine the 
publication and as Robinson seeks to give 
content direction, Engage runs primarily 
on the basis of student contributions 
including stories. In every publication, 
articles include pertinent issues about being 
a ( Ihristian college student and seeking 
a vocation, interviews with a Christian 
musician or writer, and music and 
movie- reviews 

"Tracking clown story content can be vet v 
tedious," Miller said. "But God has been 
veiv providential in that aspect, providing 
us with great opportunities to achieve 
interviews with Donald Miller, Derek Webb, 
Mute-math and the like." Both Miller 
and Collingsworth said they believe that 
the availability of these interviews was a 
testament of "ask and you shall receive." 

Engage magazine puts a bold and fresh 

perspective on campus. With its colorful 
artistry and the flavor of its content, this 
magazine seeks to delve into culture from 
the Christian student's perspective by 
encouraging them to engage themselves in 
the culture around them. 

"Engage seeks to reach out to people 
without turning them off," Miller said. 
"The hope," Collingsworth said, "is that the 
content will foster discussion on Christianity 
and promote the use of culture as a medium 
to expound on the role of Christianity 
in society." 

"Engage is the first publication of its 
kind," senior political science major Cappy 
Martin said. "I think that's what makes it 
such an interesting concept at a Christian 
institution. We are to be in the world and 
not of it and Engage embodies that notion." ♦ 

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L82 Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Connect 

a Celebration for 


by Rachael Bennett 









Everyone was a student at some point in 
time, even your professors. Kappa Delta Pi 
is the I lonorai v Societj for the education 
majors. According to Carol Dean, this 
year's sponsor and chair of education. "It 
takes very seriously the tact it is an honorary 
society." Samford's KDI'i chapter, which 
initiated 49 new members last year, is vci \ 
active both nationally and locally. This year 
was no different than any other. 

Some of the highlights this year included 
giving back to the communitj with a book 
drive lor Katrina victims, a clothing drive 
for Brighton School and the "Reading is 
Fun" program, in which the students read 
to and performed books for the Glen Oaks 
Elemental \ School Kids to encourage them 
to read. To senior elementary major and 
vice president ofKDPi Marissa Benjamin, 
this was the most important activity they 
hosted all year. 

"We Fell like it was important for us to 
give back to our communitj and what better 
waj io sci ve as future teachers, than to 
celebrate reading," Benjamin said. 

On top of this. Kappa Delta Pi regularly 
attends national events. This year, KDPi's 
national convocation was held in Orlando. 
Fla. Members meet Han \ Wong, the 
author of The First Days of School, which is 
a book full of tips for teachers in becoming 
more effective. 

"Meeting Wong was kind ol a big deal 
because in one of our (lasses our professor 
showed us all of 1 Ian \ Wongs videos so 
we felt like we kind of knew him already," 
senior early childhood education major and 
secretary of KDPi Hale) Freeman said. 

Not only did Samford's chapter attend. 
but they also participated. Members Julie 
Piazza, Haley Freedman, Cheryl McGavock 

and Angela Brantley presented on 
curriculum and problem based learning. 

KDPi also hosted an "I Teach" conference 
at Samford with chapters from the entire 
southeast attending. Because Samford 
hosted "I Teach," the members of KDPi 
choose which speakers they wanted to 
attend, which included speakers from 
NASA, the McWane Center, local schools 
and Betsv Rogers, the 2003 teacher of the 
year. Here, members of KDPi heard about 
what a principal looks for in an applicant 
and what life is like being a teacher. 

All in all. it was a very busy year for the 
members of KDPi who not only gave back 

"We felt like it was 
important for us to give 
back to our community and 
what better way to serve 
as future teachers, than to 
celebrate reading." 

to the community around them, but also 
learned more about their profession. This 
was the last year for Dean to advise KDPi 
and next year Beck) Atkinson will take over 
as the new - advisor. Several members said 
they look forward to working with their new 
advisor and officers to make KDPi better 
than ever. ♦ 

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Sharing the 
Gift of Music 

By Katie Bullock 

From May 21 to May 29, 2006, 36 of 
the 54-member A Cappella Choir sang 
about their Savior throughout the borders 
of China. China does not welcome 
missionaries, but directors Milburn Price 
and Timothy Banks said singing on an 
international tour was a wonderful way 
to share the Gospel. 

The China tour arose from the success of 
two trips to Russia during Spring Break in 
2001 and 2004, which led to an invitation 
from the Chinese Ministry of Culture. 

Junior music education major Sarah 
Spires attended the Russia trip her 
freshman year and said she has been 
pleased with past trips with the choir. 
"A Cappella Choir has provided me with 
some of the most memorable experiences 
of my life. Not many people can say they 
spent Spring Break touring 200-year- 
old palaces in an arc tic climate in St. 
Petersburg, Russia in 2004," Spires said. 
"It was an incredible privilege to be able 
to share the gifts of music and the Gospel 
with friends across the globe. We had 
that opportunity again, but this his time 
in Beijing, China." 

Price said the sole pm pose of the tour was 
to sing sacred music as well as songs o| their 
faith while not being overt missionaries. 
He called it "providential" to be allowed to 
perform on this tour. For Dean Price this 
is his "grand finale" as he retired two days 
following his return to the States. 

A Cappella Choir sang at the prestigious 
Concert Hall in (he Forbidden City, the 

Concert Hall of the China Traditional 
Folk Orchestra and one of the Beijing 
Universities. Their repertoire included 
Chinese songs in Mandarin as well as others 
in English, Spanish, German, Latin and 
Russian. Exploring the culture, they also 
traveled to the Great Wall, the Forbidden 
City and the Summer Palace and Estate 
among other cultural sites. 

While in China, Banks reminisced 
about a previous trip to China with a 
Samford Choir. In June 1989 Banks and 
his wife Wanda were supposed to be on 
a train to Beijing when the Tiananmen 
Square Massacre occurred. "As you can 
imagine, when I conducted a concert of out 
Samford A Cappella Choir in the Forbidden 
( in Concert Hall near Tiananmen Square, 
I paid a silent personal homage to a noble 
people in a tragic time in an exotic place," 
Banks said. 

Reflecting on both of his experiences to 
China, Banks said, "I think music is able 
to transcend these tragedies and lift our 
spirits to a higher place, a place where God 
wants us to commune with Him. Even 
though most of our words were not in the 
language spoken by our hearers, there was a 
transcendent musical-spiritual language that 
enriched both the singer and the he. tier. 
That was our mission for going." 

Before the honor of singing in China, 
they were invited to sing at the American 
Choral Directors Association Southern 
Division on Saturday February 25. This 
was the- first time the A Cappella Choir 

had a solo performance at such a concert 
opportunity. Spires was pleased with the 
ACDA trip. "Being chosen to perform 
for ACDA is a highly selective process," 
she said. "We were honored to present 
our music to an extremely well-educated 
audience of choral directors, composers 
and other musicians." 

For the A Cappella Choir members, 
the practices, tours and concerts express 
their love and joy for music as well as the 
Lord. Sophomore Emily Snider said. 
"Music is a worldwide language. It's the 
same anywhere and everywhere. Students 
over there [in China] are learning Bach, 
Mozart and Beethoven just like America's 
music students. I believe our tour in 
China had some mission implications even 
though China is officially closed to public 

"Music is a worldwide 
language. It's the same 
anywhere and everywhere.' 

Spires agreed. "We get to be ambassadors 
to the world for Samford, Alabama, the 
United States and. ultimately, our God, all 
because of music It truly is the universal 
language. Blessed be the tie that binds." ♦ 

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byjessi Lee 

Who thought anything at Samford 
University would ever rank higher 
than Harvard? 

The Samford debate team, headed bv 
communications studies instructor Ben 
Coulter, placed well in six competitions 
in the fall semester, and they even placed 
above Harvard at one competition. 

The talent shown by the debate team isn't 
anything new. Freshman political science 
major Ki in Ramsev said the team was a 
factor in her choice of university. "I came 
to a deb. in- c amp <u Samford m\ freshman 
year of high school, and I fell in love with 
the campus." Ramsej said. "I have a great 
relationship with the ( oai lies, and they're 
great coaches." 

Sophomore political science major Nick 
Agnello said he also came to Samford with 
the intention of joining the debate team. 
He said he hasn't been disappointed by his 
teammates. "1 like all mv team members.'' 
he said. "We're prett) solid as far as 
getting along."' 

The team placed second overall at the 
University <>l Alabama Crimson Classic 
Debate Tournament. 

about th 

"We weie reall 
did," Ramsey sai 

Coulter said Ik* liked the way his team 
performed at this tournament. "That 
one went very well," he said. "I think we 
exceeded expectations." 

Ramsey and her partner, freshman 
political science major Chad Macumber, 
also did well in their most recent 
tournament, which was held at Wakeforest 
University. They placed in the top four 
among the freshman. 

Coulter said he is impressed with how 
well his team has done. "Our whole season 
has gone prettv darn well," he said. "Right 
now. we're 15th in varsit) standings in the 

The team competed in the Texas Two- 
Step and won half of their rounds. They 
made it to the eliminations but lost in the 
first round. 

Coulter said the team could always do 
better until they're winning every round, so 
he initiated a lot of prat tu e and research. 

Ac i ording t<> Agnello, the team changed 
things in an effort to improve. "We've done 
a whole revision and a lot oi research," 
he said. the team prai ticed hat d 

nrepaij-^^^for the spring < otupeptions. 

•/e did a lot of individual research, and 
( loulter challenged us oxer the break to the 
do 15 minutes of speaking drills every day," 
Ramsey said. "We're polishing our skills, and 
1 think that will give us the upper hand in 
our future competitions." 

In the spring, the team participated in 
District, Nationals and Cross Examination 
Debate Association Nationals, along with 
other small tournaments. 

At Nationals, Gallowa) was given the 
honor of serving on the panel for the 
final round. The team's previous director, 
professor Michael [anas, resigned from the 
position this year. "We have a new director 
this year, Dr. R\.m Galloway," Coulter said. 
"We're just trying to build on what professor 
Janas has done for this program." 

Agnello said, "We've done prett) well this 
year, but not as well .is last year." 

Macumber and Ramsey said they agreed 
with Agnello. "It was a fantastic season." 
Ramsev said. ♦ 

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vt **&6k 

Left: A debate team 
member reads through his 
speei h on his laptop. 

Below : Erin Ramse) 
prepares for her next 









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Although only 10 organizations were 

featured all the organizations on cam- 

pus enhance life at Samford. Others 




Family Court 

Alpha Epsilon Rho-National Broadcasters 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes 


Global Christian Women 

Alpha Kappa Psi 

Gospel Choir 

American Association of Christian 

Grace Dance Ministry 


Impact Team 

Arnold Air Society 

In His Hands 

Association for Computing Machinery 

International Justice Mission 

Christian Women Leadership Center 

International Ministry 

Delta Omicron 

Mu Kappa 

Entre Nous 


French Club 

Son Reflectors 

German Club 

Student Ministries 

Interior Design Student Organizations 

Target Earth 

Music Educators National Association 

The Alliance 

Nurses Christian Fellowship 

Ville Crew 

Phi Delta Kappa 

Word Players 

Phi Mu Alpah Sinfonia 

Young Life 

Phi Mu Epsilon 

Samford Advertising Federation 

Samford Pre-Law Society 


Sociology Club 
Spanish Club 

Alpha Epsilon Delta 

Student Affiliates of the American Chemical 

Alpha Kappa Delta 


Alpha Lambda Delta 

Student Athletic Trainer's Association 

Alpha Psi Omega 

Students in Free Enterprise 

Association of Honor Students 

The Samford Crimson 

Beta Alpha Psi 

Undergraduate Mock Trial Association 

Beta Beta Beta 

University Chorale 

Beta Gamma Sigma 

Delta Phi Alpha 

Honors Program 


Omicron Delta Kappa 

Kappa Tau Alpha 

Alpha Phi Omega 

Lamda Pi Eta 

Amnesty International 

Omicron Delta Kappa 

Bread for the World 

Phil Alpha Theta 


Phi Kappa Phi 

Habitat for Humanity- 

Pi Delta Phi 

Perry County Advisory Council 

Pi Sigma Alpha 

Restoring Eden 

Psi Chi 

Samford Ambassadors 

Sigma Delta Pi 

Samford Outdoor Adventure Club 

Sigma Tau Delta 

Samford Recruitment Team 

Sigma Theta Tau Intemacional 


The Order of Omega 





Black Heritage Association 



College Democrats 

College Republicans 

Psychology Club 


Student Athlete Advisor Committee 



Ultimate Club 


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began, (-gn) begun, (-gn) beginning, begins 

v. Graduating opens a new world for Seniors 
as they close the chapter to this join ney 

2 A Case of Senioritis- make sure to include the other 
2 Senior Showcase 
5 Senior Pictures 
Senior Survey 
154 Graduation 

Begin ♦ En tie Nous 2006 191 

A Case of Senioritis 

bv Kimberlv Holland 

You won't find it in any medical 
textbooks, but if you ask college students in 
the winter of their college career, Senioritis 
is a bona fide disease. For most students, the 
treatment can't come soon enough. 

Those who say they have a chronic case 
of Senioritis find themselves without the 
energy or motivation to do anything they 
should be doing. Instead, most mustered 
energy goes to hanging out with friends, 
watching movies or wasting time on 
the computer. 

"Senioritis is a lack of desire to do work. 
It's not a lack of motivation. It's greater than 
motivation. I have no concept of work," 
senior exercise science major Becca 
Sanders said. 

Sanders said she doesn't redirect her 
energy when she's battling a bout of 
the faux disease. Instead, she does 
absolutely nothing. 

"I've staved up until two in the morning 
for no reason, doing nothing," she said. 

Katherine Manget, a senior exercise 
science major and Sanders' friend, said 
Senioritis shouldn't be thought of as a 
disease, rather a pleasure. 

"[Becca] loves every minute of it," Manget 
said. "But for me, it's like the thermostat for 
work in my head goes off." 

Senior vocal performance major Drew 
Pournelle said he thinks his problems are 
caused by a lighter workload. Whatever the 
cause, his tendency to not start papers until 
the night before they are to be turned in 
and to sit at the computer for hours doing 
something completely unrelated to his tasks 
are all symptoms of Pournelle's Senioritis. 

"I'm used to having 18 hours per 
semester, so I'm not sure if it's Senioritis or 
just not having as much work," he 
said. "[Senioritis] has never been this bad 
lor me. but I've never been an 
overachiever anyway." 

Pournelle will be going to New York 
City following graduation to attend the 
American Musical and Dramatic Academy, 
but he said he doesn't fear his lack of desire 
affecting his performances. 

"\h performances haven't been affected, 
and I think I'll be able to pick up m\ 
pace because [AMDA] is just a different 
experience altogether," he said. 

Sanders said she also doesn't think 
adjusting to her life after getting her 
undergrad diploma will be difficult. She 
will be attending the University of Southern 
California to obtain her Doctorate of 
Physical Therapy. 

"My major is so focused on getting into 
a grad school, so I was focused on that. 
When I got in. I was like. Thank goodness,' 
and then I didn't want to work anymore," 
Sanders said, adding she never bought the 
book for one of her classes. 

Senior nursing major Emily Dalrvmple 
said she believes Senioritis is at its worst 
when she's around others, especiallv 
her roommate. 

"We both have those days when we feel 
like doing nothing productive, and I'll make 
her go to Target with me, just to get out and 
do something," she said. "Sometimes sin 
decides we should go out to eat because we 
can always just do our studying later" 

Dalrvmple also faces the hurdle of 
planning a wedding and battling Senioritis. 

"I'd much rather be planning stuff for 
the wedding or picking out furniture and 
registr) stuff than doing anything school 
related," she said. 

Sanders said what most seniors agree to 
when it comes to their desire to no longer 
be a student. 

"Senioritis is a lack of desire 
to do work. It's not a lack 
of motivation. It's greater 
than motivation. I have no 
concept of work." 

"I wouldn't define Senioritis as getting 
out of Samford because I don't want to 
leave here. I've already been accepted to the 
number one Pi grad school in the nation, 
so these grades don't matter." she said. "I 
want to focus on relationships. I don't want 
s( hool to be m\ focus anymore." 

NO matter what the symptoms are, 
Senioritis will inevitably infect main 
Samford seniors every year. The side effects 
will be as varied as the seniors who are 
suffering, but test assured, most of them will 
enjo) their disease. ♦ 















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The Seniors' 

Major Test 

Vocal performance major Julia McNeese 
didn't have too many butterflies when she 
took the stage for her senior voice recital 
February 7. She had spent almost a year 
preparing for this moment in the spotlight, 
a final landmark in her college career. 

"The recital brings to life the word 
'performance' in the major," said McNeese, 
who performed a wide range of pieces, from 
the Baroque era to modern-day Broadway. 
"It's a time you have outside of ensembles 
to showcase what you've been working on. 
You put your whole heart and soul into it, 
because you don't know when you may be 
able perform such works again," she said. 

Attended by family, friends and the 
public, senior voice recitals serve to equip 
music majors with professional performance 
experience and preparation. Students are 
responsible for compiling their repertoire, 
writing the program notes and rehearsing 
with professors. It's a requirement they must 
fulfill before they can receive a diploma. 

"It's the culmination of your college 
career and your studies," McNeese said. 
"It was also the most fun that I've had 
performing in a long time." 

I'll Entre Nous 2006 ♦ Begin 

by Megan Voelkel 

For students of other disciplines, a 
different sort of composition serves as the 
zenith of scholastic instruction. Pages and 
pages of original research and analysis are 
organized into theses that probe topics 
associated with students' majors. 

Adam Dauro, a senior political science 
major, explored the relationship between 
constitutional theory and Thomas Hobbes's 
ideas in his thesis, "The Necessity of Unity: 
Hobbes and the Federalist on Dual and 
Divided Sovereignty." Inspired by several of 
his political science classes, it was a project 
that he began writing in the fall and ended 
with a presentation at the Student Showcase 
May 5. 

This year's Student Showcase, an 
annual campus forum for undergraduate 
scholarship and research, featured 
presentations from 127 graduating seniors 
on a variety of topics. 

History professor Mai jorie Walker, 
one of the program's facilitators, said the 
opportunity to put forth original research is 
valuable, especially for students who plan to 
go on to professional schools. "It's a good 
way to get feedback from your peers and 

from other disciplines as well. It's always 
nice to get constructive criticism from those 
outside your field." 

As an honors student, Dauro was required 
to defend his thesis before a committee of 
political science professors in a question- 
and-answer session. 

"I was prepared for it [Student 
Showcase], because these are the ideas 
I've been discussing for the majority of 
my college career," Dauro said. "It was 
stressful because I was in front of extremely 
intelligent professors. This is their subject, 
and I was putting forth an idea that was 
pretty radical." Dauro s thesis argued that 
the U.S. Constitution was flawed according 
to Hobbesean political theory, since the 
founders disagreed with the political 
theorist's support of a monarchy. 

As for fielding questions, Dauro got 
more experience than expected, filling 
the entire politics and government honors 
session alone. "I ended up presenting 
for 20 minutes and having 15 minutes 
of questions, instead of a 15-minutc 
presentation and 5 minutes of questions. 
It was harrowing." Despite the challenge. 
Dauro said the public speaking opportunity 
was good preparation for the trials he will 
face in law school this fall. 

"Writing a thesis, extending the 
thesis... I had never done anything of this 
magnitude." Dauro said. "If you're in a 
major like mine, out in the area of theor) 
all the time, it's an opportunity to look at 
specifics. This one thing is, in a sense, a 
representation of all that I've learned." ♦ 

Opposite page- Three 
seniors present their thesis 
and prepare for the panel's 

Far left: The graphic design 
senior review committee 
analyzes senior design 

Left: Becca Sanders 
explaining anterior knee 
pain in college women 
distance runners and 
its relationship to their 
quadriceps angle. 

Below - Laura Ratzlaff 
speaks about Iter experience 
ditectmg The Loci Fiv. hars. 











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senior survey 

If you could change Samford's current motto (For God, For learning, Forever) 
to reflect your personal experience, what would it be? 

- Four years, Four loans, Forget ii! 

- I lang on for the ride. 

- For sweat, For restrictions, For image. 

- For God, For convo. For parking tickets. 

- Love, honor, truth. 

- For God, For Friends, For Parents who paid for me to be here. 

- For times on the quad. For late nights of work. Forever. 

- For caf cookies, For convo, For the quad. 

- Popping collars since 1841. 

- For dancing. For singing, For STEP SING, Forever. 

What's the worst trend you have seen come through Samford? 

- The ugg boots... those are the ugliest things I have ever seen. Only if you live in Alaska would 
you actually need a pair of those, and even then the sled dogs would probably laugh at you. 

- Short skirts with big boots 

- Groakies 

- Silk skirts and stiletto heels to class... I mean, really? 

- Brightly colored rain galoshes 

- Facebook 

- Those flat glittering shoes 

- Velvety jump suits and popped collars 

What is the one thing about your college years that you did/saw that you would 
rather die than tell your parents? 

- 1 couldn't tell them half of what I've spent my time doing. 

- Staying out all night on the quad with a guy I'd dated for a week. 

- If I answer that I will get a values violation. 

- I took a test once that I didn't know was going to happen until the professor said "put up your 
books and get your pencils out." 

- If I told you, I'd have to kill you. 

- 1 can't think of anything. Mavbe I really am a "good little Southern girl." 
- 1 snuck someone in after visitation hours were over. 

- The values council already did... 

- I'm actually on scholarship (they think they've been paying Samford...). 

- Ha ha. wouldn't you like to know. 

- Changing drivers while going 70mph down 1-65 in a stick shift. 

What was the funniest experience you've had in class? 

- Blake Jones falling asleep in class and falling out of his chair. 

- Exercise Physiology with Buddy. 

- When my teacher had a running joke about bringing "special brownies." 

- Trying to pry open the windows with a crowbar in Burns. 

- Wearing trash bags to give a presentation on the statistics of trash along with some pretty great 
pictures in our Powerpoint presentation. 

- Listening to a Broadwav musical about Japan and singing along. 

- Dr. Barnette once started talking about Levar Burton, and then he started to sing "You can read! 
With your dad! Reading Rainbow!" 

- Km lis Donnelly and David Coley acting out "The Tempest" in Dr. Glapp's GP 101 class. 

- My teacher saying "turn off your vibrator" when a cell phone was ringing. 

- When my professor told me I had the IQof a window and that I act like a Tasmanian devil when 
I'm stressed out. 

- Theatre classes never cease to be entertaining. 

What do you think will run through your mind 
when you cross the stage at graduation? 

-Don't trip... DON'T TRIP! 

- Don't trip. Don't trip, Are m\ famih members going to break the rule and yell? 

- Has it reallv been four vears and do I really have a degree? 

-Am I reallv this old?? ... I am getting a college degree. Alter I grab this diploma I am a REAL 
woman and I am no longer a student.... adult, independent. . .wait, do I pay m\ own bills? 

- I hope they spelled my name tight on this thing. 

- This is the closest I ever got to Dr. Gorts. 

- I'll be here four more years lor pharmacy school.. .By the time I'm done I will have paid for the 
new athletic facility ! 

- He he he. ..I don't have am clothes on under this gown. 

- This is the most expensive piece of paper I've ever been awarded. 

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Family Studies 

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( lowart, ( lhai issa 

Crandall, Patrick 

Political Science 

( ,[ ini, Meredith 
Famih Studies 

( iisi. |ohn 

( i ow, ( Ihrista 
I listor) 

( Irumley, Eri< 

( ullop, \S1.I,\ 

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I Qglish 

( lunningham, Paul 

Dalla-.. Sarah 

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Dalrymple, Emily 


Dauro, Adam 

Political Science 

Davidson, Thomas Blake 

Davis, J, 


Decarlo, Lauren 

Dellinger, Matthew 

Demetros, Elizabeth 
Fitness and Health Promotion 

Denton, fames 

I >epew, Rachel 
EC/E/SE < 

Dixon. Joseph 

Dot krey, Sarah 
Graphic Design 

Donnelly, Kurds 

Donnelly, Kurds 

Dorough, Meredith 

1 Mil 1S( S( H'lll C 

Dorsey, Kathryn 
Si i< iologj 

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Dotson, fennifei 

Languages and World Trade 

Douglas, (.n ill 1 1 \ 

Diiik am, Meredith 

Political Si ienc e 

Edgar, Jennifer 

dmondson, Melissa 

Edmunds, Chris 
Fitness and Health Promotion 

Edwards, Alden 

F.rvin. Melanie 
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Everidge, Devan 

Ezell, Emily I leathet 


F.uard. Nathan 

Fleenor, Jr., Timotln Todd 

Flowers, John 

Foil/, Brandon 
Sports Medi< ine 

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Fowler, Scott 
Fitness and Health Promotion 

Freedman, I [ale) 
EC/E/SE ( 

Fuqua, Joseph Tyler 


( ..uiher. Naomi 

Gardner, Lauren 

Garner, ( Iraig 


Garrison, Man 


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1 heatre 

( leoghegan, < Catherine 
His ton 

George, Erika 

Gerberich, Kiersten 
Exercise Science 

( iillespie, Meghan 

1 anguages and World Trade 

Gillespie, MOrgan 
Interioi Design 

(.illiland, Jonathon 

(, olden. Matthew 
Sports Medicine 

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Goolsby, Susan 
Libera] Studies 

Goresh, Madeleine Am. ult 

International Relations 

Graves, Joseph 
At counting 

Green, Megan 
Psy< hology 

t.iitfee. John 
Political Sc ience 

Griffith Meagan 

( .1 ubbs, Hartley 

Gudzan, Ri( hard 


( >uyton, Brandon 

Haas. Abigail 

Hacker. Moll 
Family Studies 

Hamburg, Laura 

Hammond. \h ill\ 
Interiot Design 

I [ammonds, [essic; 

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Harbor, Alissa 
Interior Design 

I [are, Luc) 
Athletic Training 

Harper, Erin 

Harper. John 
Church Music 

[arris, [ustin 

l\\( hology 



Harrison, Ann 

larrison. John 

I l.u i ison, matthew 
Political Sciem e 

Harter, Zachar) 

Harvey, AM\ 

I [awthome, Sommei 

1 [ayes, Da\ id 

Haymond, Sarah 


Politic al Sc ience 

Political Science 



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senior survey 

What has been your most memorable experience with campus safety? 

- 1, with some fellow group members, were kicked out of the library because one of our group 
members mouthed off to an employee. Campus Safety came in to remove us from the build- 
ing, and I'll never forget one of them reaching up to their radio and calling for "BACKUP... and 
a ( AR UNIT!" like we were about to start a riot and throw tables and chairs! (No worries, I was 
cleared of all charges a few weeks later). 

- Bringing krvstal to the guv at the gate whenever my roommate and I made late night food runs. 

- Who, oh... the people in uniforms... wait, what do they do again? 

- When I was in a car that got pulled over by them for running a stop sign at like 2 in the morning 
-Watching one of them attempt to jump off my car, unsuccessfully. 

- Being put on hold during an emergency. 

- Well, I just heard about it. but when they hid in the bushes by Vail and chased down the streaker 
while wearing the uniform with all the branches and leaves and stuff hanging off of it. 

- Calling them when the Chi O owl was outside of our dorm, and we had no idea what it was. We 
were trying not to laugh while telling them there was an owl outside of our dorm. 

- I got locked out of the music building dressed as Mozart... and they let me back in... 

- Hitching a ride at 1 a.m. to west campus. However, we had to pile four people in the backseat of 
their little truck. 

- Junior year.. .we had just finished Step Sing stuff so it was late, and I was taking out the trash. I 
was wearing a Samford baseball hat, and my Step Sing t-shirt. Campus Safety drove past, waved, 
put on their brakes, backed up, stopped me and asked to see my Samford ID. They wanted to 
make sure I was a student! 

- The day they tried to give me a speeding ticket... they have no radar. 

- Cetting fingerprinted. 

- Showing my Visa credit card to get onto campus after hours. 

Where's the best place to take a date? 

- Brio 

- The Boulder Fields 
- 1 wouldn't know 

- Any place with view of the city' 

- Next to the big dumpster between Smith and Vail 

- The symphony or a play 

- Anywhere, as long as she's with me, I'm happy. 

- The top of Reid Chapel 

- Behind the Step Sing banners in the caf 

- Buffalo Wild Wings after a Barons Baseball game 

- Botanical Gardens when the Symphony is playing 

What's your favorite restaurant in Birmingham? 

- Nabeel's 

- Cheesecake Factory 

- Petrucelli's Italian restaurant 

- Los gusta! 

- The Tip-Top Grill 

- Panera 

- Crepes Egg-Cetera... until it closed 

How many convos did you save until your senior year? 


- About 20 

- Zero- 1 got all 64 my freshman year. 

- None! Gotta love being a nursing major. 

- Actually less than 10 

- ONE- had to hit up the first University Convo 

- None, I had no life as a freshman. 

- 16- just like I was supposed to 

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Heaslett, Amanda 

I lebson, Rvan 

I [eerssen, Lauren 
Nutrition and Dietetics 

Heiple, Emih 

Heiskell, Constance 

Herrington, Robert 

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Hollon, Charlton 

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Famih Studies 

Inns, [ames I [ouston 


Holmes, Mai I. 

1 [olwerda, Scott 


I [opkins, Martin Dane 

IS (.IS 

Hord, Ashley 


1 toward, ( lharles 
Liberal Studies 

Howard, Jennifei 

I loward, Kelh 

hmnh Studies 

1 lowaj il. Ki isten 
Interior Design 

I toward, Morgan 

Howell, ki isten 

Howell. Natalie 

\ Iuddlestun, John 

I lull, katit 

Humphreys, Dustin 


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I [umphries, Laura 

Huskey, Marcus 


lyde, Ashley 
Family Studies 

lifi. MEgan 

|,l( ksi ill. ( .11 1\ 


Jacobs, Joshua 
Communication Studies 

femison, George 

Jewett, Felicia 
Liberal Studies 

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[ohnson, Daniel 

Johnson, Heather 
Family Studies 


Jones, Earline 
Liberal Studies 

[ones, [emiifei 

jours, ]essii , 

Jones, Melis 


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onl. in, Melissa 

Jordan, Stephanie 
Interior Design 

Judge, Tana 

Sports Medu ine 

Justice, Craig 


Keaggy, Olivia 
Communication Studies 

Keai us. Heidi 


Keen, ( om lnc\ 

Kelley, William 

Kendrick, Michael 
I anguages and World Trade 

Kendi ick, Sarah 

innedy, Katherine 

Kei khof, I ai j 

Kiel, Ellen 

King, (anus 

\ni sing 

Famil) Studies 

Inlcrioi Design 

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Knight. Ann 


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Erase, Sallie 


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I.andis. Bethany 
Athletic Training 

Lanehart, Lauren 
Psy< hology 

Lang. Angela 

Lang. ( Ihesle) 

Larson, ( an ie 



I ehman, Margaret 

1 ettieri, Ruth 

Lowery, Rachel 
Mathemati< s 

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I.IK .IV. |llllll 

Spot is Medic ine 

I ynch, Laura 
lusii omental Musi< 

Maddox, Uexandra 
Vbi( e 

Malin, Danie 


Mallanik, Saral 

Malnati, Laura 

Exercise Science 

Manning, Matthew 


Marsh, Cheryl 
Music Education 

Martin, Ashley 
( lommunii ation Studies 

Martin, Catherine 
[nterior Design 

Martinez, Victoria 
Family Studies 

Mason, Eddie 
Computer Science 

if'* * 

Massey, W liitne\ 

Mauer. Nathan 

Maybei ry, R\.m 
Languages and Wot Id 1 1 ade 

M< alister, Kim 

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senior survey 

What's the biggest prank you've pulled during the past four years? 

- Looking for the derby hat on the roof of the Sciencenter during Sigma Chi's Derby Days 2005. 

- We chalked the entire campus saying "Happy Birthday Jill" one day freshman year. The funny 
tiling was. it wasn't Jill's birthday, and her class sang to her. 

-The great prank of Pittman during 2001-2002. Pittman 209... naff said. 

- It wasn't actually me, but a friend of mine pulled her car up from the Sciencenter past the 
library, up to the fountain and then turned on her car radio while we swam in the fountain. 

- Stealing a crawfish from the caf and putting it in my suitemate's sink. 
- 1 filled Chris Smith's toothpaste with EZ Cheese. 

- Throwing a rubber ball off the balcony of the Wright Center during a Step Sing Tech Reheat sal. 
It bounced off the floor, shot way up into the air and landed in the middle of the poor group who 
happened to be practicing on stage. It was pretty funny, but the group's directors were kinda 

- Watching a friend try to eat a trick oreo pie made out of mashed potatoes. Then next week he 
went for the trick pumpkin pie with salad dressing in it. 

- My suitemates and I always had Silly String fights. We'd attack each other at the most random 
moments. Even in the caf! 

- 1 Saran wrapped my brother's car and put hotdogs all over it and stuck a banner on it that said 
the "Weiner Mobile." 

- Taking bras and panties from the laundry room freshman year in Vail. 

- I've jumped in the fountain, but who hasn't? 

What was your oddest Caf moment? 

- The bucking bronco... that weirded me out. 

- Whenever they had the string quartet during family weekend. 

- Karaoke 

- Not really a single moment but a collection of moments. . .when you stand in line forever for 
those stupid chicken fingers that don't even taste good every Monday night. 

- Coing at five p.m. on the dot every night with our entire freshman hall. 

- The guy in front of me put an entire pizza on his plate and walked off. I mean, thanks for being 

- A friend and I used to bring a blanket in the caf on Thursdavs and have indoor picnics because 
there was nowhere to eat outdoors on sunny days. 

What is something about Samford that an outsider would never understand? 

- The dilemma over whether the shoe goes in the suite door or the room door. 

- The unspoken rules about where to (or not to) sit in the caf as well as the fact that most girls are 
good girls looking for a future husband. 

- The 90% rule. EVERYTHING', at Samford is only 90% accurate. Administration, student 
government, classes, anything to do with your academic record, only 90%. 

- Step Sing 

- Step Sing... how even guys can enjoy dancing, singing and making freaking formations to a 
medley of songs sometime even baffles me, but yet we all love it. 

- What DTR stands for. 

- The "Samford Bubble." You have to be a part of it to understand. 

- Leaving the football games at halftime. 

-That North Face, Louis Vuitton and a Nalgene combine to make the perfect ladies outfit. 

- The inexplicable joy of a sunny afternoon on the quad. 

- The shortened names for everything. 

What is your advice as a graduating senior for underclassmen? 

-Take time to spend with people here... they 're all amazing, and you'll regret losing great 
memories with friends thanks to a textbook. 

- Keep going, don't stop, even when you can't go on, go. 

- Love every minute of it, even when you hate it. 

- Go to Swing Kids! 

-Get out now before you get hit with the 9'< tuition increase. But if you Stay, become a 
psy< hology major! 

- Study abroad for a semester, it's tin- best thing in the world that can happen to you. 

- Recognize the gift you've been given in your opportunity to get a college education. School gets 
old but minimum wage gets old quicker. 

- Save all your pass/fail classes till last semestei senior year. You'll thank me if you do. 

- Always seek to know and experience mote about life, such as going through the Taco Bell drive- 
thru lour limes in a row to sec- il it's possible to be kicked out ol a drive thru. 

- I'la\ intramurals 

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\l« ( afferty, I'.u.i 
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Mc ( reai \. Sai ah 
I ( I SE/C 

\K( ullough, AH 

[• X {' Sr. ( 

Mi Him. Elizabeth 
Nun it ion and Hiiti'tic s 

M< Elroy, John Andrew 

Mi entire, ( ihelse) 
linn ii n 1 lesign 

Mc ( ..IMIl k. ( lll'l\ 

I ( E/SE/C 

McGee, Imim.ii 
Intel ini Design 

McGee, Rach< 
Family Studies 

Mi Guin Kai i 

McKee, Kristen 
I anguages and World trade 

M< Lendon, Nata 


McNeese, Jun. 

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Meadows, AShlo 

Mcdlin, ( iamden 

Melton. Gabriela 
( lommunii ation Studies 

Mo lilt, [ami's 

Miller, fordan 


Miller, Stephanie 

Milni'i. Sarah 

Moll, Matthew 


Mi intgomen, Mai k 

Moody, [ami 

Moore, [ennifei 
Intel in] Design 

Moore, Katrina 

Mi lore, Laurie 


Moore, Nathan 
( i iiiiinuiiii ation Studies 

Morgan, Melissa 

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J) >M 

Mon iv 1- miK 
S|ini is Medicine 

Mm i is, Mac krll/le 
( oinimmii ation Studies 

Morris, Merr; 
Internationa] Relations 

Moses. Mclanic 

Mi isley, [eremiah 

Moss. Lydia 

Motta, Michael 

Muratovic, Maria 

Murdo< k. [anna 

Murphy, fames 
>umalism .u\d Mass Communication 

Mykitta, Alan 
Communication Studies 

Nail, Kara 
Instrumental Music 

Nash, I .iiii in 

Nealey, < onstance 

I In ' ilogic al Siudies 

Newby, Mar) \iina 

I'sYC ll(>log\ 

Nixon, Melissa 

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Nuckolls, Shei i\ 

Nung, Suan 
Church Music 

Nutter, AManda 

Nutrition and Dietetics 

Offord, Ashle) 

l's\l llolog\ 





( )i ton, Mary 

Owens. Ian 

Panella, Ashley 

1 ( 1 

l\u man, Kottne\ 
Nutrition and Dieteln s 

Parsons, kvle 

Perry, Donald Blake 

I'iioi hcmistrv 

Perry, Wanda 
I lementan E due adon 

Peters, Lisa 

Ac i ounling 

Philhours, 1 i it a 

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J»j* j 'i»> 

Pittman, Allison 

Polinski, Amanda 

Pournelle, John 


Powell, Adam 

Powell, Kristen 

Powell, Man Emily 

Powell, Sarah Grayson 

Powers, Jean 


1'nti hen, ( Carolyn 

Proffitt, Joe\ 
Communication Studies 

Provine, Allison 
Sports Medicine 

't iidhomme. arav 

Pughsley, Kevii 



Ratchford, Brooke 


Rat/lafi, Laura 

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Redus, Andrea 

Reed, John Adam 
Interior Design 

Reed. Shell) 

Reed, William 

Reeves, Timothy 
Political Science 



Reid, Christopher 
Political Science 

Re\ nolds, ( lliarle; 

Richerson, Rebecca 

Riddle, Perry- 

Rivei s. Angela 
Nursing, Maltha Mich 

Rogers, Jamie 


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Rousseau. El i( a 


Roue, lnuh 

Famih Studies 

Ro/en. fennifei 
Famih Studies 

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senior survey 

What is the most important characteristic of a good roommate? 

- He takes out the trash. 

- He she is not a drug dealer. 

- Someone you can talk to. 

- Flexibility and/or being able to sleep through me hitting the snooze six times every day. 

- Patience, listener 
-That it's not a female. 

- Fun to do nothing with 

- Ultimate flexibility 

What is the best advice you've received while attending Samford? 

- Keep c hasing your dream. 

- Give it your .ill, but don't take it too seriously. 

- Let your l.IFESONG sing. 

- Dump your high school boyfriend. 

- Be yourself. 

What was your favorite class and/or professor at Samford? 

- Ken Brazil, what's cooler than a professor who rides a motorcycle to class. 

- Interpersonal Communication with Dr. Parker or Fiction and Film with Metress. 

- Dr. (Honda) Parker was by far my favorite professor. 

- Dr. Hollow a\ 

- Christian Ethics 

- Dr. Jones 

- Dr. Bill Service 

- Candv Todd... who cannot love Candy and her red shoes! 

- Ethics with Dr. C 

- Ceramics with Dr. Vann 

- Dr. Sansom 

Whom do you wish you had gotten to know better in the past four years? 

- The ladies who swipe the cards in the caf 

- Some of my guy friends 
-My secret crush 

- The librarians 

What song best describes your freshman year? 

- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 

- Nothing But a Good Time 

- Gotta Get Thru This 

- Change in Attitudes. Change in Lattitudes 

- Wild Thing 

- Sky Falls Down 

- A Whole New World 

- Good Little Girls 

- Sunny Days 

What song best describes your senior year? 

- All my Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down 

- If I Could Do It Again 

- Fire and Rain 

- 1 Didn't Sleep At All Last Night 

- Feels Like Today 

- Dare You to Move 

- I'm a Survivor 

- Love is a Battlefield 


- Unanswered Prayers 

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Rumph. Jason 
Computer Science 

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Rushing, Bethany 
Communication Studies 

S.iiih hok, David 
Church Music 

Sanders, Lauren 

Sanders. Rebel i a 
Exercise Science 

Satterfield. Jennifer 

Sauerman, Richard 

Si haefer, Lori 

Schcll. Aim 
Kaniih Studies 

Schlereth, Adrieni 

Scott, Prykmak 


Scott. Robei i 

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Sharon (. hnstophc i 

Mathematics pe, ashle) 

Sharpe, Rebecca 
Family Studies 



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Shelnutt, Amanda 

Shepherd, Lauren 

Athletic Training 

Shirley, [am 


Shoemaker. Mari Beth 
Theological Studies 

sin pi rv Rebecca 

Sides. I'aWon 

Simmons. Elizabeth 
\< counting 

Simmons, Jacob 


Simpson, Vmanda 
KuuiK Studies 

Simpson. Kelli 


Skinner, Abigail 

Skinner. James 

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Smith. Britney 
Family Studies 


Smith, Cheryl 

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Smith. Jenna 

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Smith, Leigh Ellen 

Smith, Melissa 

Smith. Scott 
Communication Studies 

Snow. Eron 
Theological Studies 

Snyder, Stephanie 


Soop, Katherine 
Graphic Design 


Spain, Andrea 

Sparks, Christine 

Spun;;, ill, Dana 

Spurlock, Ann 

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Language Arts 


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Stanley. Brandon 


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Steil, I .una 

Stei tzer, Lisa 
Famih Studies 

Stevenson, Jordan 


Straus, Michael 
Theological Studies 

Streat, Ashle) 

Political S( ieu< e 

Studstill, jason 

Swanquist, Quinn 


Swartz, Allison 

Sweatman, Lorri 
[nterioi Design 

Swift, Lindsay 

Symons, Michael 
International Relations 

lei i\, Sara 
English/Language Arts 

Tew, Rachael 
1 anguage \i ts 

I homas, < hi istophei 

I homas, I leather 

Thomas. Jason 

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rhompson, filliane 

Thompson. Lanie Beth 
( Communication Studies 

Thornton, Da 

Tingle. Catherine 
E< I SE C 

Tipps. Heath 

rirgrath, Lauren 
Family Studies 

Toole, Melinda 

[bwne, Emily 
Psy< holog) 

1 1 uesdale, Adam 
Music Education 

Turner. ( lor) 

I\us. famelle 

I nderwood, [anelle 
Famih Studies 

I pton, Meredith 
1- nglish 

Vanderwall, Uexandei 

\ aughn, \nn < !lair< 

Vaughn, Jennifer 
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Vaught, Stephanie 

Political Si ltiK r 

Vea< li. Katherine 

Vest, I'.ml 
Instrumental Music 

Yillaneal, kell\ 

Vbshall, Denise 


Voumakis, Elena 


Voyles, Kathryn 


Waddle, Brooke 

Wade, Leslie 

Wade. Sarah 
Interior Design 

Wagner, Mariai 

Wails, fack Andrew 

walker, Dow 

Wallace, \l An 

Waller, ( In isima 

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senior survey 

If there is one thing you could change about Samford, what would it be? 

- Those dang cracks on the sidewalk that Pve tripped on so much, or how slipperv some stairways 
and entrances become when wet. 

- Different restaurants in the food court. We had Burger King and Taco Bell my freshman vear. 

- Take down the Beeson Woods entrance sign. I can't believe I haven't knocked it down myself. 

- More parking! 

- School spirit is pretty low. 

- Recruit some of the male types to this "all girls school." 

- Back off on visitation rules for the upperclassmen. 

- More guys! 

What is one question about Samford you always find yourself asking but never 
have figured out the answer? 

- Why we get \TI1, Bravo and Spike but not E or HBO (Are they really any worse?) 

- Why are there so many liberal professors at a conservative school? I mean, have you ever looked 
at the bumper stickers on the faculty cars? 

- How Samford always looks so amazing? 

- Why are all my classes in the same classroom? 

- 1 never figured out what that smell is that arises from the caf. You know what I'm talking about. 

- If no one at Samford dates, how come they're all engaged by the end of four years? 

- How much do we pav to keep our grass painted green? 

How have you changed since freshman year? 

- 1 think I'm finally realizing who I am, and I'm secure in that person. I've discovered the things 
I'm passionate about, and although I'm not sure what I'm doing after May 20th, I know I'm 
equipped for anything. 

- The better question would be what has NOT changed. 

- Is the sky blue? 

- I've learned what it means to truly walk with God. 

- I'm an alcohol-drinking, liberal minded DEMOCRAT. 

- More confident and independent. 

In 20 years, what do you think you will miss most about Samford? 

- The sisters of Alpha Delta Pi 

-The closeness of the community and all the beautiful women 

- My professors 

- My crazy friends 

- The beautiful, safe campus, and the fact that I'm surrounded bv the most interesting, wonderful 
mix of people that I could have ever found anywhere. 

- ( letting to live and hang out with my best friends all the time 

- The bubble. It's not the real world. That's kind of nice when you think about it. The real world 
is not nice. 

- First, the people. Second, the quad. 

- Individual moments in time, such as mud football on the quad after a heaw spring rain 

- The community 

Describe your Samford experience in one word. 

- Random 

- Random 

- Whirlwind 

- Defenestration 

- ( Classic 

- Indescribable 

- ReallyReallyRidiculouslyAmazing 

- Southern 


- Workaholic 

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Watson, Coker 

Weast, I.vnnor. 

Weaver, Laura 

Webster, Robert 
Computer Science 

Whatley, Elizabeth 

White, Jennifer Courtney 

Whitworth, Brandon 

Whitworth. Sterling 

Whorley, Rachele 

Wiggins, Joshua 

Wilkinson, David 

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Family Studies 

Williams, Joshua 
Engineering Physics 

Williams, Kristen 
Nutrition and Dietetics 

Williams, Laura 

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